As a Foster Parent I’ve learned that a parent’s love is priceless and cannot be substituted, so I shouldn’t even try.
I also learned that healing these precious children’s wounds did not heal their hearts. Stopping their hunger did not stop their longing. To any new foster parent, I would like to say: “Each child is precious and unique and will need something different from you. Every child needs you to respect their birth families and their culture. No child needs you to save them; they just need you to hold them tight until the storm passes”.