It’s challenging and rewarding

I was quite astounded after reading the May 20 letter to the editor thanking foster parents for the job they do. Foster parenting is a very under-recognized job (even though that’s not the reason you do it), and a “thank you” goes a long way.

The astounding part to me was the number of foster children in Snohomish County – 1,200 children. When our family did foster care from 1995 to 2000, it was a real eye-opener to what’s out there for these helpless little children.

Being foster parents is not for everyone, but it is so needed! If it is at all in your heart to do so, look into it. It is interesting to me that the letter said thank you for taking care of children who are “not your own.”

We had six babies in our years of foster care and ended up adopting a little boy we had from the age of 4 days. (We all fell madly in love with him. We have two biological children.)

My point is that I (to my surprise) feel absolutely no difference between my adopted foster child than I do about the two older children who I conceived, carried for nine months and then delivered, and who are my flesh and blood.

If it is at all in your heart to do this kind of service, it is very challenging, but yet very rewarding. And what a tremendous difference you will be making in a child’s life.

LESLIE LASHER

Everett

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