Foster Care. It’s an ugly word. Many are afraid to let their minds wander down the path of what really goes on… What it’s really like. However, it is often the very place where lonely children, needing real love, go to find a glimmer of hope & healing that can change their lives forever.
Here is a great video that depicts the perspective of a child’s heart affected by Foster Care.
I can’t tell you how many times I have read a foster child’s profile and wept – out of sadness, out of anger for the unspeakable, out of frustration of the system, out of fear.
But what can I do? My excuses, my fears & my selfishness begin to drown out that still, small voice that tells me to “Go & Love”. I fight back, “I am busy, My house isn’t big enough, What will happen to my own children, What will others think, How can I love the unloveable, What if they hurt me, What if they won’t love me back, What if I can’t do it, What if I fail?” But, God answers clearly “I Am!” and then gently asks “If you don’t Erika, who will?”
I breathe in, I breathe out… I breathe in the familiar over and over again, until I have breathed so much air from my own ‘bubble’ that I begin to suffocate on myself. I know it isn’t always going to be easy, I know it isn’t always going to be happy or normal, or acceptable. But I have tasted the air outside of myself, and it’s sweeter, it’s refreshing, it’s full of unspeakable joy, but most of all, it is full of hope.
If you think God is calling you to Foster Care or Adoption, please visit AdoptUSKids.org or your local State or Non-Profit Agencies to find out how you can get involved.
If you don’t think you are being called to Foster Care or Adoption, think & pray again. Then I encourage you to at very least support a local family or friend who does… You have no idea what it will mean to have your help, support & encouragement – Even if it’s just a meal, a load of laundry, baby sitting, or a shoulder to cry on. For more ideas on ways you can help please visit iCareAboutOrphans.org
If you are interested in supporting a Non-Profit organization who serves the Children of Hawaii as well as our family, please consider giving to HopeINCHawaii.org.