I discovered that someone I know Â is doing the most incredible thing. Â OK, maybe it’s not that incredible, but normally people that do this are stay-at-home moms… I think… or I’ve just assumed that they would be, to have the time to do it properly.
She has not only got a very successful professional career, and has 3 children of her own, but she’s fostering a 3 year old child… and for the last year she’s been providing emergency foster care too!! She takes in kids under the age of 1 in the bridging period between homes or until they’re placed in foster care or children’s homes – and it’s between 1 month to 6 month periods.
Isn’t that’s just awesome! I really take my hat off to her. Â I would get so attached to the little babies I’m not sure I’d be able to see them go. Â But she said that she doesn’t. Â She gives them loads of loves and cuddles while she has them, but she knows that she’s providing them the best possible care when they need it most. Â To her it’s all about giving… and not about receiving anything, and she said that if she was getting anything in return, then she would feel sad.
They’ve looked after quite a variety of kids too with very different stories… some have been abandoned… the one little 1 year old boy was found outside a shop with a bag containing all his stuff. Â And others have been taken away from their families. Â The baby she’s looking after now was dropped off at Child Welfare by his/her mom when he/she was 5 days old.
We need more families like that in this world.