How and why our family made the decision to go from a family of 4... to foster?
Most people who hear about our family’s excitement to provide foster care wonder what made us interested in doing this? My husband and I look back and laugh about two questions that stand out during our dating years: (1) do you want a dog someday, and (2) would you ever want to be a foster parent? The answer to question one for both of us was “no,” and question two we answered “yes.” Somewhat odd responses for two young people in their 20's, but we chalked it up as "meant to be."
We married in 2000, and in 2004 had our first little girl. Almost three years later our second daughter was born. Biologically we believed this completed our family, but webknew if our hearts our home was not yet full. In 2013 our family moved to Minnesota from Wisconsin and we found ourselves busy getting acquainted to a new home, school, church, neighborhood & community.
In 2016 with the support of our daughters, we began to explore the foster care opportunity. We went to the orientation, attended training classes, completed paperwork, home studies, interviews, back ground checks, etc… As of December 2017 we were officially licensed as a foster family through Hennepin County in the state of Minnesota. We found ourselves busy preparing, nesting, de-cluttering… as we anxiously awaited the call for placement of a little one.
Allowing ourselves to "be interrupted" has become somewhat of a motto for our family. We've realized that when we pack our lives full of activities and stuff we are often unable to jump in and come alongside those in need. We are conscious to not over-pack our lives in order to be there for others. It is this practice that has allowed us to foster children. James 1:27 tells us to "look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." This is our story; but everyone has a story to tell, as they journey down the path of what God has planned for their life.