Dear Foster Parent,
There are some things I want to share with you. Things I noticed while spending time with my young friend who is in foster care. Although my perceptions originate from one specific child, I hope they resonate with you and provide encouragement.
The following list represents what I want my friends foster mom to know:
- She talks about you often.
- Asks when you will be back to pick her up.
- Easily refers to you as “Mom.”
- Happily shares that you call her “daughter.”
- Confidently includes herself when describing your children.
- Refers to your parents as Memaw and Pawpaw.
- Talks about how hard you work.
- Likes helping you.
- Proudly says that you help children.
- Wants to help children when she grows up.
- Is happy and secure, thanks to you.
So, in case you have not heard these things with your own ears, I thought you should know. What you are doing matters. Your sacrifices do not go unnoticed. There are difficult days, trauma-induced behaviors, and unanswered questions. Yet, in the midst of all this, you love. And love is the only thing which has the power to bring healing.
My Sincerest Thanks,