Hello and Happy Foster Families Month!
Fall is my favorite time of the year. The temperatures are just right, routines are back in full swing, and everyone is eager to take on new challenges and adventures! Fall is also a time for lots of activity at the Association and we’re excited to share what we have been up to in this newsletter.
This year marks the 40th Anniversary of the Newfoundland and Labrador Foster Families Association and I am proud of everything that has been accomplished in the past 4 decades. Since 1982, the Association has provided support to thousands of foster parents throughout the province. It is a privilege to speak with you on the phone, meet with you in your communities, offer educational opportunities, and to create awareness in the community about the invaluable roles you play.
I recently marked my first anniversary as executive director of the Association, and I am humbled by the stories you, the foster parents, have shared with me and the remarkable selflessness you demonstrate.
A foster parent was interviewed recently for a media campaign, and the interviewer asked the question “What do you say when someone calls you a hero?” The foster parent responded, “I am not a hero. I have the love and time to give to a child in need. When I see a need where I can make a difference, I just want to do my part.” While I commend this foster parent for their humble response, I could not disagree more – You, dear foster parent, ARE a hero. You pour love, time, and energy into children and youth who are not yours, and you want nothing in return other than to know that you’ve helped them and their families. You endure sleepless nights, unpredictable days, endless appointments and meetings, and sometimes heartache and heartbreak – all with the goal of making a difference for them. THANK YOU!
So, this month, and every month, we applaud you for your commitment. It is my wish that the Association and the foster care community will grow and thrive for the next 40 years! The best is yet to come!