[story by Rebekah Poling, LSS Associate Vice President of Development NTX]
I’ve enjoyed interviewing several of our amazing families to find out how their lives have been positively impacted by your generosity – here is what they shared with me:
What type of life events cause you to use Respite Care?
“Work travel time, finding a babysitter during mandatory foster parent training, date night.”
“Spending time alone with biological children or one struggling foster child to reconnect and regroup.”
“Attending a family funeral, and giving the kids a chance to do something fun with a safe, trusted adult – away from foster mom and dad!”
How does Respite Care bless your family?
“It feels great to know that someone truly cares about the parents as well as the children.”
“Because we don’t have many options, we have to leave our children with a daycare-style facility when we are unable to take them with us…whenever we have training…because our approved babysitter list is limited.”
“Honestly, it helps keep the sanity. The stress level of being a foster parent is extraordinary.”
“I have to say that respite care is one of the best things offered through LSS. It allows my husband and I take a much needed break. Although we love what we do, sometimes we need some just ‘us’ time.’”
“Respite has helped my husband and I keep in touch with each other. It is very important to me to keep a healthy relationship so we can help each other succeed… and have the kids see this.”
What would happen if Respite Care was not provided?
“We wouldn’t be able to take training classes together. The expenses for daycare for our two (an infant and toddler) are more than our foster care reimbursement.”
“As difficult as it is to even find sitters for kids with these type behaviors, trying to find one who is qualified and willing is much more expensive than an ‘ordinary’ sitter.”
What is your favorite part about being a foster parent?
“My children are absolutely my heart and world…Biological, adoptive, foster, etc.; my children are just my children. Who and what would I be without them?”
“These are our first placements…I have never felt more fulfilled in my life. Every time I see one of them accomplish something new with our support, the joy is priceless.“
“Knowing I’m making some kind of difference.”
”Being able to be a part of their lives and make a positive change has been great. We can show them that you can come from a bad situation and still have and do good things. I can show them what family life is and that there are still people you can trust. Thank you to all the people who donate to help foster parents succeed!”