Last week, a friend of mine asked me to put on Facebook about a sibling group of three boys who needed a home. The response I received was amazing! So many people wanting additional information. I can only imagine the prayers being said, and the family discussions happening that evening. The questions and comments probably looked something like this:
"Do we have the space to house them?"
"What would our family say if we pursued them?"
"There is a cost, but how do you put a price on three lives?"
Well, friends, that got us thinking. How many people out there would be willing to open their home to children who are in desperate need of a family? Do people even know that this is a real need that we have in Indiana, and in our country? There are thousands of children who are waiting to be scooped up and given a chance through the foster care system. THOUSANDS are legally free for adoption!
But where do you turn? What do you do?
HERE is a good place to start. It is the state website where you will find information on waiting children here in Indiana. Children who just need a second chance. You will also find information on how to become a foster parent. Each state has a site similar to this one. If you are not in Indiana, you could google it!
If you are east of Indianapolis, you can contact Karen Frame or Heather Hill at 765-458-5121. They can get you started.
The state website has a photolisting of children waiting for families in the state of Indiana. However, coming soon, there is a unique opportunity for you to see pictures of these children as compliments of the Heart Gallery. Read below for information.
So what are YOU going to do?
Are your children out of the home and you have an empty nest? Do you still have love to give? You are the ideal foster parent! You will have time and experience to devote to a child, and the space for them to call home!
If full-time parenting isn't what you're ready for, then respite care might be the perfect fit. With respite care, you provide time off for the full-time foster parent, and for the child! It may be that the parent needs to go out of town for the weekend. You could step in and have their child come and spend the weekend with you. It gives the child a change of scenery, and a new adventure for a few days. Respite care is important!
Again, I ask. What are you going to do? I took the leap. My husband and I are licensed foster parents. We're actually going through the license renewal right now. It is a path I never thought I'd choose. And the outcome of taking that leap of faith has been interesting, challenging, fun, and eye-opening so far. I am not sure where we'll end up at the end of this thing we call life, but I am thankful my husband and I said, "Yes!" Are you willing to do the same?