Jenna’s story is so special. She is a foster mother and has adopted 75% of her placements. These are her thoughts on how foster care has changed her life.
I’m Jenn, the proud mother of 3 beautiful children- all adopted from foster care. We are not your traditional foster family. In fact, our situation is quite rare. We have ONLY had INFANT PLACEMENTS. We have adopted 75% of our placements. We share open relationships with our children’s biological parents. We are not the norm. However, just because we do not meet the general “statistic” does not mean we don’t have something to contribute to the world of adoption. We feel very strongly that every child deserves a home!!
I have a passion for photography and pinterest! We are a family that loves camping, game nights, and drive-in movies. We can generally be found at home, together, snuggling as a family.
By no means would I ever put down anyone that has adopted through a private agency, because you get YOUR baby the way its meant to be. I truly believe we got our babies because we opened our minds and our hearts to the possibility of foster care. To do foster care you do have to have an open mind. The “worry” I hear the most of is that these little foster kiddos that you have had in your family will end up going back to their biological family.
Truth is: a lot of them do go back. Would that make you love them any less?
We were blessed in the fact that our first foster care situation ended up being an adoption. We were thrilled!! Its what we had wanted… Miss D is the best thing that had ever happened to us.
She was meant to be part of my family!!!
Some of you may be thinking, what the heck does she know about foster care if her first placement was an adoption?!? Believe it or not, I do know a little…
Our 2nd placement was a sweet little boy that did indeed end up going back to his biological family. I hate to call it “going back”… He was able to rejoin his biological family.
It was emotional. But we loved him like our own while he was in our home.
The reality of the foster care situation is this:
You are blessed to have these sweet children in your homes.
If they are able to rejoin their biological families, you should find comfort knowing that you did the most DIVINE form of service.
You kept a child safe while helping them rebuild their family.
They couldn’t have done it without you!!!
These biological parents couldn’t get their lives together if they didn’t have a safe place for their child to call home while they rehabilitated.
YOU will be a miracle worker!
I guess I feel so strongly about foster care because I have seen the positive effects it has. I have friends that have been able to foster teenagers, and their lives are changed.
Our daughters Tummy Mommy was a foster child.
She was a foster child that waited…. She was a foster child that aged out of care.
Nobody adopted her. She felt unloved and unwanted.
Her birth mother was in prison, and she was very much alone.
How can people change themselves and their lives? How can they break the cycle of abuse if they don’t have a role model to show them the way? How can they do any of that, if they don’t know that they are loved and supported?
We are blessed to have been able to be a voice for these children when they were unable to be a voice for themselves.
We are also blessed because Tummy Mommy is almost like my foster child now. She calls me when she needs help or guidance… She didn’t have that for a long time.
She has that now. No one helped her while she was growing up.
We wont let her fail now….