Fostering Hope teams most often support foster families who sign up to care for and love children who truly have no other place to go. In the past few months, Tina revealed just how deep of a commitment some parents are willing to make — sometimes at the drop of a hat. Her two foster brothers befriended a child in the neighborhood who was also in foster care. For about a year, he played with her boys and got to know their family.
Last month, this boy’s foster parents asked for him to be removed. This is known as a disruption; this act can instantly and deeply re-traumatize foster kids bringing instability and reinforces their sense of worthlessness. This middle school boy was unlikely to find another home and was facing a future at a residential facility. He would be alone and unlikely to ever be adopted according to trends for kids of this age.
Tina decided to take him into her home and immediately knew that she was going to adopt him into her family. Overnight her family of two sibling brothers turned into three. This team expressed their amazement by Tina’s generosity and her ability to open her home and her heart to another foster child with an immediate need.
Currently, the team is getting to know him and working with him to release negative behaviors due to past abuse. Even at 12 years old, he hides in the closet or under the table whenever the team is around. In time though, everyone is hopeful that with the love and support of Tina and the team, he will be able to move past his fear and regressive behaviors in order to interact with the volunteers more openly. Ultimately, Tina and the team are excited to watch him learn to receive love.
The volunteers will continue to support and love Tina as she navigates this new relationship. They are committed to help her in any way they can. What a beautiful picture of creating an extended family for a single mom stepping into a difficult calling.