Foster care is rewarding, difficult, and demanding … all at the same time. 

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demanding … all at the same time.

It comes with many new experiences, challenges, demands, personal trauma, budget constraints, and being emotionally drained.  These challenges impact both the foster child and the entire foster family – the most valuable resource for foster care.  During periods of challenges and demands, the added deep grief and mourning for the loss of a loved child that had been re-unified with his/her biological parents can substantially increase the restrains of an already stressed out foster family. Resulting in many  first time foster parents leaving this calling within the first year.  Having a support network that can be there for foster parents during not only the good times, but more so during the bad times can literally mean the difference between loosing and retaining Foster Parents.

My husband and I have been trying to provide such support to the uniquely precious CMR North Foster Parents for the last 5 years.  Then at the beginning of December 2014, the little princess that was in our foster care for the last 5 years was re-unified with her birth parents. We as a foster family were plunged into a period of deep mourning.  However, during this period we were astounded, gladdened and encouraged by the same foster parents we have been trying to encourage all along.  What an amazing privilege and blessing they are to us.

On Friday the 5th of June, if the Lord wills, we will be blessed with the placement of another precious little princess with us, and we have had the unique experience of being able to share this joyful news with the same wonderful foster parents that have been encouraging and praying for us during our last 5 agonizing months. We’re not trying to replace her, but see Foster Care as our calling and feel the time is right to try and help another defenseless child, to have a stable, loving, caring, and healing home environment.

Herewith our heartfelt gratitude and thanks to each and every one of the unique foster parents that supported, encouraged and most of all continued praying for us. We appreciate it more than what you will ever know. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!

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About Helouise Steenkamp

I'm a 45 plus, Devoted Wife and Mother. Adonai has blessed us with two Amazingly Wonderful Sons. We have had the privilege of being Place of Safety parents for 1 1/2 years and there after foster parents to a Darling Princess for 5 years. She was reconciled with her biological parents in Dec'14. Our hearts are still aching from the loss, but we know that as we trust Adonai with our salvation, so we can trust Him with her future. We welcomed our new 4 year old foster child on 05JUN'15.
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2 Responses to Foster care is rewarding, difficult, and demanding … all at the same time. 

  1. Georgina says:

    Dit is absoluut wonderlike nuus, baie sterkte met die nuwe prinsessie, ek weet sy gaan net so blessing wees, want julle is sulke stunning ouers.

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