What led you to becoming foster parents?
For a while we felt compelled by God to do more for our community. We knew we wanted to work with children but didn’t know in what capacity. We talked through several opportunities but nothing seemed to fit for us as a family. I (foster mom) attended a women’s conference last year where West Florida Foster Care Executive Director Dan Claassen came to speak about the great need for foster families. During his talk, he said not everyone is being called to be foster parents but he was there to encourage someone who already knew they were being called by God to work with children. In that moment, it felt like he was speaking directly to me and that God was finally revealing what His plan for us was. I literally gasped in my seat. I nervously went home to discuss it with my husband. He immediately agreed, I didn’t have to finish my sales pitch. Three days later we attended our orientation.
What is your best memory as a foster family?
We don’t have a specific memory in mind but there seem to be moments in each day that bring us joy; hearing our children laughing together, baby ‘A’ reaching out for us to pick him up or witnessing him doing something for the first time.
What would you say to a family that is considering becoming a foster family?
We would say start with prayer. Prayer to discern if this is where God is leading you. If it is, do it and right away! We had moments during the licensing process where we would get cold feet or doubt would creep in and have us questioning if we as a family were ready and could handle this. But five months into our first placement, we can honestly say we cannot imagine life without having known our sweet little guy.
– The ‘J’ family