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 satisfactions. 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 remained there for five years or more. Most of these children have been abused, neglected, abandoned, and faced very difficult situations. Having the experience of doing Foster Care is a positive way of supporting children and young people, it is a way of showing 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 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 wounds, trauma and situations with them. It is likely that they have been in several homes or have been removed from a difficult family situation and this 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 a holistic visibility into what is really 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 thing that is certain is that LOVE heals wounds. As a former Foster Mom, my best way to describe it ... It's worth it and it will change your life!