Father’s Day Thoughts on Foster Parenting

Each year for the past 15 years, I have attended 5-10 graduation ceremonies. Sure, some of these are for friends and families, but most are as a representative of our community in recognition of this important rite of passage. Graduations serve as a powerful connection between generations, symbolically passing the torch to the next and inspiring both young and old, alike. One speaker I heard this year reminded me that our paths in life are seldom a straight line and it is those zigzags in life that sometimes help us stop and think, refocus our goals and renew our determination to reach our full potential.

As I celebrate my first Father’s Day as a new grandfather I think of the circle of life, the varied experiences of our family and of the many life stories yet to come. I had forgotten the intensity of feelings, concern, and very frequent, joyful sharing that a first born creates in new parents’ lives. It has been a wonderful reminder of my own early moments as a new parent. We all know parents are a critical part of childhood development and growth. It does not matter whether those parents are biological, foster or adoptive.

Did you know there is a constant need for more foster parents in the County? Have you ever considered becoming a foster parent?

When children enter foster care, their worlds are often turned upside-down through no fault of their own. To lessen the trauma, it’s especially important to keep siblings together, and to find foster homes that are close to their friends, schools, and activities so they can maintain as much normalcy as possible. Currently …

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