More Foster Parents Desperately Needed

While perusing Facebook one Saturday evening, I came across the video clip below, which had been showing up on several of my friends’ pages. I finally decided to watch it. It captured the reality of children in foster care, the reality of how hard it is to provide care for them, and their desperate need for stability and love. I was spellbound by the video and sobbed, hard, for a long time when it came to an end.

Rachel Castillo

My role here at SaintA includes overseeing placement matching, and to be perfectly honest, it’s often difficult. There are simply not enough homes for all the children needing placement. A large reason why this video brought me to tears was that the very night before we struggled for many hours to find homes for a sibling group of three, and unfortunately in the end they were all put in separate, short-term homes. Our goal is to keep siblings together whenever possible, as well as place them in a long-term resource, with someone who is equipped to not only care for them, but to love them throughout the difficult times. It’s hard when the reality doesn’t meet those expectations.

Foster parenting is TOUGH; it’s a role that takes a very special person to do and do well. It’s opening yourself and your family up to scrutiny, lots of people in and out of your home, and to children who will require lots of extra attention and special care.

But, I know there ARE people out there who currently are AMAZING foster parents, and I must believe that there are more people out there who could be.

Please take time to watch this short video (it’s approximately 10 minutes). If after watching it, you think you could be one of those amazing and inspirational people who may be capable of being a great foster parent PLEASE call us – the children in our system desperately need you.

Go to our website, www.growhope.net for complete information on becoming a foster parent. Then, please, contact us, toll free, at 855-GROW-HOPE.


Interested in learning more about our foster care and adoption services? Visit growhope.net.

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3 Responses to More Foster Parents Desperately Needed

  1. holly waterfall says:

    I found you through one of my dear blogging friends and just have to share my thoughts on foster parenting. I think it is wonderful. I think it is necessary. I think there are so many children who benefit from the love these foster parents can give. But I heard a statistic that sickens me….. There are more than double the amount of same sex couples that want to foster/adopt as there are children available. Yet in many states, such as mine, my wife and I are not allowed to foster or adopt because we are deemed unfit parents. I don’t mean to bring up political crap…. Things like this just sadden me because as much as I want to, I’m not allowed to help:( thank you so much for spreading the message

    • Rachel Castillo, licensing and placement supervisor says:

      Thank you for your comment and interest in foster care. In Wisconsin we are able to license same-gendered couples and we have had the experience of working with many amazing same-gendered couples who also make wonderful foster and adoptive parents. I’m sorry to hear about your experience of not being able to be licensed in spite of your desire to be…if you ever move to Wisconsin, feel free to give us a call. 🙂

  2. Kesha says:

    My husband and I have been interested in opening our home to foster children for some time now. We felt we wanted a bigger home first with a bigger backyard so our beloved dog could still havenhis space, but our dog passed away 5/04/15, and although we haven’t moved to a bigger house, we decided there is no better time to LOVE then Now. We will be contacting your agency.

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