Last year at this time I was a new foster dad of a 3 year old son Little Mister (as we refer to him on the internet.). Kara and I were so excited to be helping a child in need, our kids were excited too, thinking this was going to be like getting a new puppy. Kyle wanted a boy his age, Katie wanted a girl her age, Claire wanted a girl her age. We received our first little gift in Little mister and have had him for over a year in our home now, and what a year it has been!!!!
In addition to Little Mister we had the pleasure of fostering two others, both of who stayed with us for a while and then moved on. One was a young lady 11 years old and another was a young girl 8 years old. They were aunt and niece.
As we have learned over the year all of these little ones come with “issues” and a history that is tough. Some may have medical issues like delayed development, autism, or Cerebral Palsy. Others may have emotional issues like abuse (in many forms) neglect, fear for safety etc. Most of the time, in our limited experience, they have a little of both. The challenge for us has been to manage those issues, along with their astronomical amount of appointments, and the various agencies that are in their lives. Ultimately though what these kids really need and want in addition to thereby and meeting their medical needs is someone to care and love them. And let me tell you some of these kids have issues that make them hard to love, but still they need it. They need someone to play with them, to care if they are doing their homework, to fight for them when they get a raw deal from society.
Kara and I and our family have been so blessed by the kids that have stayed with us, we have become a better family because of it. I am so proud of my biological kids and their welcoming with open arms to the kids.
I say all of this because there are thousands of kids out there that need a home. They need someone to care. Will you be that person?
At the beginning of this post I have a music video from Steven Curtis Chapman about caring for the orphan. Watch it and listen to it and give some consideration to what you can do. Maybe it is pray, maybe it is donate, maybe it is jump in and open your home, whatever it is just consider doing something.
Merry Christmas all!!!