All over the world, no matter where you go, there are evil people who make the rest of us cringe just knowing that they are out there. People who abuse children, mistreat their families, and refuse to get the help that they need to be functional in society. For this reason, we have foster parents who are willing to sacrifice their time and energy to temporarily care for children who have nowhere else to go. This family only had their foster son for a few months, but it was enough to leave a HUGE impact.
The last Friday in September was supposed to have been Jeremy’s “Special Day” at nursery school. That’s when he would have brought a favorite toy for show and tell and picked the book his teacher would read to the class. His mom would have supplied snacks for al the kids.
“Special Day” came differently for Jeremy. He didn’t go to school with his toy and book and snacks. Instead, his day began at 7 am when a man he didn’t know arrived in a car he didn’t recognize. Imprinted on the car were the words STATE OF NEW JERSEY. Jeremy was still rubbing the sleep from his eyes when the man carried the single bag that contained his wardrobe and a box of stuffed animals and tossed it in to his trunk.
I will never forget the look on his face as he was taken away. We’d tried to prepare him, telling him he was going to live with his Grandma and Grandpa in Pennsylvania, but he didn’t understand. To 3 year old Jeremy, I was Mommy and my husband was daddy. He had a sister and brother which were our biological children. All he understood that a strange man was taking him away.
Both my husband and I had tears in our eyes. Jeremy was our foster son. He stayed with us from June to September…our hopes would have been to keep him longer, forever if possible but the state of new jersey felt that it was better for him to be with relatives.
People ask us why we became foster parents. “you have your own children, they say. Why do you want other people problems.
My heart aches even more. I asked myself “why do we do this?”
Months after I posed that desperate question of “Why?”, Mike and I attended church together. We listened to the scripture reading: “He then took a little child whom he set among them and embraced, and he said to them, “anyone who welcomes a little child such as this in my name, welcomes me; and anyone who welcomes me, welcomes not me but the one who sent me.
Mike nudged me and whispered, “That’s why we do this, and that’s why we’ll be foster parents for years to come!
People who foster young children are incredible. They have a patience and understanding that is rare and should be cherished. This story is so inspiring. When no one else could watch this neglected child at the last-minute, they gladly volunteered their home in order to give him the head start he needed to start his journey to recovery. It was a bittersweet moment that they are willing to repeat over and over again if it means saving more children. Incredible…
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