Hi to all our Safety and Foster Care Parents! I found this video while searching internet for some inspiration for our Blog, and I just HAD to share it! May it encourage us all! Helouise
‘Walk Me Home’ – By Derek Clark (Foster Child for 13 years)
“I wrote this song as a dedication to all foster and adoptive parents. Thank you for working hard to restore love in a child or youth. I sincerely appreciate and love mine. I am so fortunate to have had foster parents who never gave up on me…even when I was not adoptable. My foster parents are very special to me, although being the hell-raiser I was, it wasn’t always obvious. I do consider them my Mom and Dad. They have earned it. They said they loved me but I continually tested the limits of their unconditional love. No doubt it was tested to the extreme. They had to put up with so much more than the average parents”.
“I am so grateful for their love and patience. I would not be who I am today without their dedication, love and trusting that they would never give up on me. Trust was a big issue with me, If my own mother and father could throw me away, how could I trust anyone else…but I eventually let down my walls and let their love in. They loved and believed in me. They provided me with a home, family, hope and love. I treated them awful at times and yet, they never changed the locks on the front door. They worked with me even when I had so much baggage and behavioral problems growing up. Simply put, they believed in my greatness and they never gave up on me! Let us strive to give hope to others”.
“Never Give Up!”
You can find out more about Derek Clark’s unique and inspiring presentations, books and music at his website http://www.IWillNeverGiveUp.com