A Foster Parent’s Surprise

Scenario

Three years ago my husband and I had just become foster parents. We didn’t know what to expect until we got the phone call. We were asked if we would take in a crack baby, short term, who was 4 weeks old and ready to be released from the hospital. We agreed because it was short term; we had no clue what we were getting ourselves into and how much it would change our lives.

The social worker rang our doorbell and delivered to us a little girl with biggest brown eyes I had ever seen. I had never heard a baby cry with such desperation. It was explained that she was still going with withdrawal and would be for a while longer. This child instantly touched my heart.

Two sleepless weeks later my husband and I were starting to wonder exactly what short term meant. It was difficult hearing her cries knowing there was nothing I could do to comfort her. At times I wanted nothing more than to give her back.

The third week she started to settle down just a little more. It got better week after week. Before we knew it three months had passed and she had become part of the family. At this point we decided that we would keep fostering her. It took a full year until she developed enough to a point where she acted like most children her age. That was a year of many ups and downs, numerous medical appointments and more sleepless nights.

My daughter recently celebrated her third birthday. We have now started the adoption process. I couldn’t imagine a day without her in my life. I’ve learned so much about life and myself through her. Watching her in the playground no one would know all the turmoil that she and our family went through together. She taught me what it truly means to love.

VICKI:
What courage you have to take in a child with difficulties that early on in life. Congratulations and I hope the adoption process goes along easily for your family. God bless.

JILL:
The best things in life are usually the unexpected ones.