The Jackson Family
Let me begin by saying, Fostering a child is a beautiful thing.
Yes, it has had its ups and downs, but doesn’t everything in life worth having? Fostering to us means so much more than just having room in our home to take in a child but having the room and all the love we need in our hearts to make sure they are truly loved while being cared for. This is not about helping one child for a little while; it is about changing that child’s life!
Our extended family has also been deeply impacted by our decision to foster. It was very important for us to have their support, for the children need to know they have a network of people to lean on. So for us and our families, fostering has been the most rewarding adventure we have ever taken!
It has also meant us becoming parents! We started our adventure in 2008. Over the past 8 years we have touched the lives of dozens of children as well as their families. Best of all, we have adopted three times and have our fourth adoption scheduled! Our oldest three were siblings ages 4, 6 & 8 from a large sibling group. In order to give them the most out of life, we maintain a relationship with their siblings to the best of our ability.
We know sibling bonds are strong and would never want to disrupt that. Our youngest, was an infant in the NICU when he came into our lives. A frail newborn baby who had no one. Two completely different stories to tell of how they came to us but with the exact same ending. They are OUR kids, not from our blood but from our HEART. We feel as though they made our lives complete by letting us give them our last name and loving them for the rest of their lives.
They sometimes say, I don’t know where I would be without you, truth is, I don’t know who we would be without them! We also have people often tell us how special we are for what we do, but they are wrong. Our kids are the special ones! They gave us a new title in life, MOM and DAD! Does it get any better than that?
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They are OUR kids, not from our blood but from our HEART. We feel as though they made our lives complete by letting us give them our last name and loving them for the rest of their lives.