I was watching the slowly falling snow and thinking about how people seem to be blown away by the perseverance that I showed in the Chasing Lilly story. (Bruce gets credit for that, too. He supported me all the way.) Most who’ve read the story say that they could never foster or adopt -it would be way too hard for them. I understand, but remember that our story was very unusual, to say the least, and does not reflect most fostering-challenge scenarios. Don’t be afraid to foster. If your heart is tugging at you, then do it.
We are all gifted for certain things. I could never play an instrument with any level of skill, because I’ve never been wired to play one, and I don’t have the dedication or drive to do it. That is one example among hundreds, and is exactly why we need to remember that we all have a part to play in making the world a better place for traumatized children. Your part may be much different than mine, but there is SOMETHING that you can do.
I made a list of people who helped us along the way with Lilly, and they played an integral part. Feel free to comment or add more:
Social workers, police, teachers, neighbors, doctors and nurses, praying friends and family, court-appointed guardian, therapists, counselors, paramedics . . . and don’t forget the people who donated time and/or money to The Center for Helping Children (CHC).
Surely you can see yourself here somewhere! If you do, THANK YOU, we couldn’t have done it without you. -Nealie