Post # 1
I read this blog daily, and her post today just cut me to the core. The woman who wrote this is married to a guy who works for an organization that works with foster children, which is why she posted it. The whole thing is a great reminder of how we can all help, but the letter the child wrote at the bottom absolutely broke my heart.
Here’s a link to the post and letter: http://www.ashleyannphotography.com/blog/2015/09/29/a-turning-point/
As a 26-year-old who is newly married to a law student (and therefore with no 2nd income) and a tiny, 1 bedroom apartment, I’m unable to be a foster parent at this point in my life (though it’s something I want to do in the future). I just felt like I should share and do my tiny part in spreading awareness to this crazy important issue (and hey – you never know, there could be some Bees out there that were considering fostering a child).
If nothing else, read the letter the foster child wrote at the end of the post. It’s heart wrenching – the part where he says he just wants his own comb made me bawl like a baby.
Post # 2
That is a beautiful thing to see. I would love to foster, in a heartbeat. Before I met my Fiance, I was planning on adopting alone. I hope one day we can reach a point in our lives where fostering is an option.
Post # 3
My daughter was adopted from foster care- I consider her to extremely lucky because she came to us at 9 days old and never left. Her birthmother had a terrible history with CPS so it was a pretty easy case. I know what her life could have been like, and it breaks my heart to think about it.
I spent many days at Child Haven watching kids come in with police from horrible situations and it never gets any easier. One memory that is burned into my brain was 2 little boy- probably ages 7 and 5 came in in filthy dirty pajamas and dirth slippers full of holes. They just shuffled along- they looked so lost. I’ve seen kids come into foster care with trash bags full of all they own- it’s literally the saddest thing I have ever seen. This letter is so true- this kids just want love and basic things. Anyone who is thinking of fostering I urge you to, it’s so rewarding.
Post # 4
That post broke my heart. Darling Husband and I are making some major life changes right now, so that in a year or so we can hopefully be in the position to become foster parents, with the hope of adopting. Thank you for posting this!