For anyone thinking of starting the Foster Care process, my best advice is: DO IT !! I won’t lie to you, it can be a difficult and draining path, but the reward is enormous and brings incalculable satisfaction. Statistically, there are 500,000 children in foster care in the United States. On average, children remain in state care for almost two years, and six percent of children in foster care have stayed there for five years or more. The majority of the children in foster care have been exposed to abuse, neglect, have been abandoned, and faced with challenging situations. Having the experience of doing Foster Care is a positive way of supporting children and young people; it shows them that there is hope in their future, that they have options, that not everything is like what they have had to live. All that children in foster homes need are endless expressions of love, stability, and protection. They want and need to feel safe and loved, the assurance that someone protects and cares for them, that love system will help them heal their wounds. Children or teenagers at Foster Care bring injuries, trauma, and situations with them. It is likely that they have been in several homes or have been removed from a difficult family situation, which leads them to feel fears; therefore, they need time for adaptation. We can make a difference in them; we can define and change their lives. Children and youth can learn what it takes to have a stable life, free from abuse, and live in a safe environment. Foster parents can provide all those elements through teaching, good examples, discipline, and the inclusion of dreams and goals for the future. People who have experienced parenting by turning their home into a foster home acquire holistic visibility into what is happening in their communities. Their ability to humanize others, understand that everyone has a history, and appreciate their own experiences are just some of the excellent lessons learned during the process. There are no guarantees in the result of Foster Care; the only sure thing is LOVE heals wounds. As a former Foster Mom, my best way to describe it … It’s worth it, and it will change your life!