I would like to recognize some heroes who walk among us often unrecognized and under-appreciated. They are people who are there to help some of our most vulnerable members of society. Their heroism doesn’t make the front page of the paper or the 5 o’clock news, yet their good deeds are done day and night, every day and night.
These people aren’t running into burning buildings to rescue others, or jumping in to save a drowning person in the literal sense, but in the figurative sense they do it every day. They are the ones caring for and opening their homes to victims of some of the worst trauma imaginable: abused and neglected children. Caring for children who are wounded and hurt emotionally can be a roller coaster. The highs can include seeing the child grow, learn and heal. The lows can include displaced anger, and resentment from the children they are trying to help.
May was Foster Parent Appreciation month, but every day we appreciate our therapeutic foster parents and all foster parents for their amazing talents in caring for kids who really need adults that are safe and supportive in their lives.
Children’s Intensive Services Program Manager