12 February 2013

Foster class 2: Teamwork toward permanence

The second class was on the subject of establishing "permanence" for children in foster care.   The children that enter foster care are at serious risk for not developing lifetime relationships. 

The Children's Division is a part of the Department of Social Services charged with protecting the nation's children.    Part of nurturing the children is helping them foster lifetime relationships with adults.  That means once a foster child leaves your home, you should still try to be a part of their lives as a mentor/friend to the children and also to the biological family.  A big hope of the children's division is that foster parents will also serve as parenting mentors to the bioparents.  No one ever wants to be a bad parent...I think we all want to protect and nurture our children.  So you can imagine how it feels to be confronted with the fact that you failed to care for and protect your children.  If you couldn't care for someone you dearly love, how would that make you feel? Then, how would you feel if the government forcefully took that person away from you...established limitations on how often you can see them...and placed them in the home of someone else?   Thinking about that...I can see how much it would mean if the foster family demonstrated mercy, love, and forgiveness toward the biofamily.  What a huge difference it would make if the foster family supported the biofamily!  If we both play on the same team, not only can we show the love of God to the biofamily but we also demonstrate God's love and teach the children they don't have to be ashamed of their biofamily.    I'm nervous about working with so many people... but I'm really excited to share the blessings God has poured out in my life with others.  I understand that I might be viewed as "the bad guy" in many of the cases, but I still hope to be a force of good in this world. 

Peace and Love, y'all!
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