In 2003, my wife and I were very busy raising our four children; yet, we also felt something was missing. We had often talked about fostering, and maybe adopting. I started my career as a child abuse investigator, and had seen the need first-hand. So, after much thought and prayer (which included our children), we decided to become foster parents.
Our trainer warned us that we would not be getting babies, but most likely teenagers. Somehow, I knew differently.
Our first placement was a precious baby straight from the hospital. We loved that child as our own for one full year. He cried for nearly six months, trying to get clean from the drugs in his system. It was our intention to adopt him. Then, on his first birthday he was returned to his parents. It was the hardest day of foster parenting we experienced,...but, we would do it again.
Learn more about the joys of fostering/adopting this Saturday, Nov 14th, at the Foster Hope Conference from 9am-3pm, at Blue Ridge Community Church.
Take Away: We loved that child as our own for one full year.