When the Lord made it clear to me that I needed to complete and publish “The Middle Mom”, I really thought that the main reason was to just tell my story and pray that it would move other “regular” folks to become foster and/or adoptive parents. The Lord has used it in that way and for that I am so grateful. But over the course of the past few months, the scope of my vision has been expanded. I have received emails from foster parents in different states who all say the same thing…”it is so good to know that someone understands exactly how I feel….” Talk about humbling.
A couple of weeks ago I had the opportunity to speak at a foster parent conference in another county. It was the first time that the audience I was speaking to was made up entirely of foster parents. I told them it was like “preaching to the choir”. Honestly, I wondered if I had anything to say to them that they didn’t already know. My desire was to encourage them and infuse them with a new zest for fostering. After I spoke, I got the opportunity to meet many of them. It was such a blessing to me and showed me that many of the emotional needs of foster parents are just not being met. It was a sweet time of unexplainable joy as well as shared hurts, and broken hearts.
Tomorrow night, I’m heading to another county to speak to their foster parents. Please pray that I will say just what they need to hear and they will be encouraged.
I think it would be interesting to do a survey as to what the unmet emotional needs of foster parents really are..any thoughts?