Foster children can have awful tough lives. No real parents to turn to and being shuffled from home to home. It can be a terribly sad childhood. But, some caring foster parents can certainly make a difference, and here are 9 stories where foster parents made that big difference.
1. Some 40 years ago, Rob Scheer of Darnestown, Maryland, left his abusive home and went into the foster system. He knows first-hand how difficult it can be. That’s why he and his partner, Reece, decided to adopt four foster children, to raise them and love them just like they were their own. They had all come from homes that had no love. And Rob and Reece were going to make that happen. To them, that was the easy part. Rob and Reece are white. All the children are African American.
Says Rob: “They don’t care about the fact that we’re white and we’re gay. They care about the fact that we love THEM.”
But Rob and Reece wanted to do even more, so they developed Comfort Cases, which are bags packed with brand new pajamas, a toothbrush, a blanket and a stuffed animal. They also come with coloring books and crayons for younger children and a journal and pens for the teens. Their main goal is to make sure as many foster children as possible don’t feel like they’re invisible.
They were invited to the Ellen DeGeneres Show. After they shared their story, she surprised them with a check for $10,000. The Samsonite company also donated $40,000 worth of supplies.
These dads have changed the lives of their kids, and now they’re changing so much more. You can support their efforts here. ellen.tv/2qYAFYSPosted by Ellen DeGeneres on Monday, 5 June 2017
2. As a child, Joshua Smith was terribly abused by his father. But he managed to escape him and went into the foster system. Now, at 21, Joshua is a completely different person, extremely successful and happy. And that’s something he readily owes to his loving foster parents, Bill and Jane Aiton, of the West Midlands.
He wrote them a very long and very heartfelt letter. And the Aitons responded with a very touching letter of their own.
3. Hope is a little boy, who, as a 2-year-old had been abandoned by his parents in Nigeria. They tossed him out of their lives because they thought he was a witch. So, for 8 months, the little boy roamed the streets all alone… cold, starving… fending for himself. A 2-year-old…
But rescue worker Anja Loven found him, quickly fed him and gave him water, and then rushed him to a hospital, where the little boy was given several blood transfusions. Anja soon adopted him.
And now, after being with Anja for more than a year, the boy she named Hope is a happy little guy… and doing just fine.
4. In Sheboygan, Wisconsin, Cori and Mark Saichert are foster parents, and they foster special children. They take in children who are dying and have been abandoned by their parents for that reason.
Says Cori: “These children need nurses, but the overarching thing is, they need moms. Too many people never do anything because they can’t do everything and can’t save everyone. For me, even though I can’t help every child, I’m happy to make a difference in the lives of a few.”
5. Karla and Jake Azachi were foster parents, raising and caring for a few children. Then, one day Karla was asked if she could care for another child – an infant girl – as an emergency case until that child’s parents were back on their feet. They had a history of substance abuse. Karla said, “Sure, bring her over.” The little girl was covered in insect bites. They took her in and doctored her up. We’ll call her Olivia… for now.
Karla and Jake were only supposed to have her for a few weeks. But those weeks turned into months, and those months…. well, you get the idea. Karla would sometimes drive past Olivia’s birth mom. She had not done what a judge ordered her to do… which was to get help for her substance abuse. Karla would see her out begging for money on one of the street corners. Over time, they adopted Olivia… and changed her name to Shai.
That was seven years ago, and now Shai will help her mom and dad take care of any other foster children who come through their home.
6. Maurice Griffin was taken away from his loving foster parents 20 years ago. But a few years back, at the age of 32, Maurice was officially adopted by his former foster mother. He was abandoned by his real parents at age 3. Then, the Goldbolds took him in as foster parents.
When the state found out foster mom Lisa spanked him once, they took him away from the family. But through the rest of his growing years, Maurice KNEW that the Godbolds were a good, loving family. So when he connected with Lisa Godbold after 20 years, he asked her to adopt him. And she did.
Says Lisa: “He’s always been my son.”
7. When Jamie became a foster mom, it took her daughter all of 11 minutes to call her “mommy” for the first time. For a parent, any parent – biological, foster, step – there are just no words for the feeling you get when you hear that from a child the first time.
But when a child is passed around from foster family to foster family, it does have a tendency to mean something fairly generic. So Jamie posted a special note on Facebook on the deeper meaning of that title.
She walks in confidently and with a smile. She knows the drill. In her two years of life, she’s spent five months in…Posted by Love What Matters on Saturday, 11 February 2017
8. Mohamed Bzeek, a Muslim, came to the United States in 1978. And for the past 20 years, he has fostered terminally ill children. He gives them comfort, the best that he can.
Says Mohamed: “You have to love them like your own. I know they are sick. I know they are going to die. I do my best as a human being and leave the rest to God.”
Mohamed and his wife both cared for the children until she died in 2013.
9. Ingeborg McIntosh of Arizona has had more than 120 foster children come and go through her door over the years. But things were starting to look awfully bleak for the woman, who developed poly-cystic kidney disease and was in dire need for a new kidney.
She had taken in an infant soon after he was born many years ago, and she quickly adopted him. That infant boy is all grown up now, and when he found out his mom needed a kidney, he immediately went to see if he was a match for her. He was. So, for Mother’s Day in 2014, he gave her a very special gift.
Says that grown man, Jordan: “Hopefully, I can do more for her as I get older, but for the moment, it’s the least I could do.”
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