20 Mar Nick and Stephanie
“A friend of mine is a part of the CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) program and suggested Angels to us. I went to the orientation and knew right away that this is what we were supposed to be doing. We had the time and no kids of our own so we had no reason not to! The presentation was amazing and I don’t know how anyone could walk out of there and not want to help.
“The most rewarding thing about being a foster parent is knowing that you are making a difference in the child’s life. It doesn’t matter if you have them for a week or month or six months. That baby will know what it felt like to be loved and adored and taken care of at a crucial time in their little life. It makes an impact no matter how long it lasts. A happy ending is a plus too! We are currently fostering our second child. Our first Angel was only with us for six weeks before she went to live with family members, but we are now her God parents and are so excited at the opportunity to see her grow!
“The most frustrating part about fostering is the uncertainty. You have to just let go and live for the moment. It’s a lesson every day in enjoying the time you have and not worrying about tomorrow. The path that these cases take can change overnight so there is no point in trying to figure it all out! Knowing that doesn’t change the connection that takes place. You know you are in for potential heartbreak, but it’s for the best reason in the world and we will do it as many times as we are needed.
“I don’t think people are aware that there are so many local children in need. I have had more people ask me questions about what it takes to become a foster parent and how we got started. I am always happy to talk about Angels! I also think people should know that there is so much support in doing this. You are never alone as a foster parent. From our Angels social worker, Sara, to family and friends – there is always someone to turn to. Not to mention the Angels families we have met during this process. We moms support each other through the good days and the tough ones. Nick and I are so proud to be part of such an amazing organization.”
–Nick and Stephanie
*Since writing this, Nick and Stephanie are in the process of adopting their Angel and continue to foster.