foster care

‘We have a 3-year-old boy. His mother is homeless. No one will take him.’ Our jaws fell open. ‘We’ll be at your house in 30 minutes!’: Couple adopt 4 children from foster care, co-parent with birth mom

“We packed up all his belongings, drove him to his mother’s apartment, and said goodbye. Later, we received a call from the birth mom: ‘Can he come live with you again?’ One month turned to two, two to four. ‘Do you want to apply for joint custody?’ We had to explain to our little boy he was stuck with THREE parents forever! God had put us in each other’s lives for a reason.”

‘She told my foster dad, ‘It’s either THEM. Or it’s ME. Pick.’ He stuffed our clothes into trash bags and dropped us off at CPS.’: Woman finds forever father after abandoned by foster dad, ‘He chose to love ME’

“When I was 5, I woke up one morning and noticed no one was home. Soon, I heard a knock at the door. The police sat us down. ‘Your mother and step-father have passed.’ Now, here we were, put back into the system. Off to more foster homes. ‘I don’t want them,’ he told CPS. I’ll forever be thankful for the man who gave me a chance. He was young. He had never met me. But he chose ME.”

‘I was single with a big, empty house. I had so much love to offer! ‘Can you take in a 10-month-old baby?’ A lightbulb went off.’: Single woman embarks on emotional foster mom journey, ‘I’d repeat it all over again’

“I buckled baby J into his seat and gave him a quick kiss. ‘I’ll see you later.’ The lump in my throat was painful as ever. I turned away to see J’s brother crying. I absolutely lost it. I panicked, trying to catch my breath. I went from being a mom to no longer being a mom in a matter of minutes.”

‘I was driving with my newborn in the back. ‘Can you take in a 12-month-old emergency placement for a few days?’: New mom takes in child from foster care, ‘Bubba is truly one in a million’

“The case worker casually mentioned, ‘You’d be the first considered for his long-term placement.’ I laughed! I assured her we would absolutely NOT be able to do this with a 4 month old in tow. Within days, everything changed. We were absolutely smitten. We were ready to commit to him, for however long he needed us. Bubba is truly one in a million.”

‘I could not do what you do. I’d get too attached.’ That’s the point. Their need for love and protection is far greater than my need to be protected.’: Foster dad urges ‘if you have the ability, you have the responsibility’

“I grew up in a dysfunctional home of drug addiction and verbal abuse. My parents got a divorce when I was 7 because my father had been having several affairs. When my wife approached me with the desire to foster, I felt unprepared. I’d experienced so much trauma in childhood, I only had examples of what not to do as a father. God had others plans.”

‘I had custody of her son.’ I was the bad guy who worked with DHS to keep Henry. After all, I had the advantages. ‘Would you like me to visit?’: Woman visits son’s biological mother in jail, ‘I left LOVING this woman’

“There was this overwhelming sense I was the bad guy. She’s incarcerated and I’m not. I asked if she would like me to visit. I’m not going to lie, I did not expect to leave the way I did. I was sitting across from someone whose life choices, while pregnant, are the reason Henry will have a lot of challenges.”

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