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18 Foster friends

I made a list of 100 things I should do that scare me. In 2020, I plan to complete all 100.


My husband (Caleb) and I are REALLY passionate about foster care and adoption. There are literally thousands of kids in California who don’t have homes. An unadopted foster child ages out of the program at 18; one out of every three of these kids will become instantly homeless. What’s not to be passionate about?


Caleb and I not quite ready for kids ourselves (we’re actively preparing, and we'll get there soon!), but we wanted to support this effort. In the area where we live, an organization called Foster the Bay surrounds foster families with “support friends,” who help with things like babysitting, providing food, and emotional support.


So we’re becoming support friends.


After we went through the initiation process, the advocate for the church contacted us and gave us a choice between a family with 3 kids, or a family with 7 kids. Of course, being me, I opted for the 7. I also asked to be the leader of the team that would support this family, because I love coordinating and communicating in that way. They said we could, and we met the family on Sunday.


While this could be, in theory, a big scary life commitment, I didn’t find myself all that afraid of it. I’m too excited to be afraid. I’ll stick with my original ranking of level 4, but maybe it should have been downgraded.


Maybe it’s scary, but this is the mission I was made for. I’m not using that as an expression. I have felt God’s unrelenting pressure on my heart to serve children without families since I was five years old. I am quite literally convinced that this. is. why. I. am. here.

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