It feels like things are finally coming together…slowly. I have to keep reminding myself, no matter the pace of the progress, I have to keep going. Progress is progress. I feel like I’ve armed myself with so much new information in the last month and half, I’m ready to step into my new role. What’s so awesome is that I finally feel like I belong. I feel I am at a place where I can help and assist others with their foster children. Something I’ve yearned to do since I could remember. Doing something meaningful, impactful!
I am a CSP (CARE Service Partner) for Fostering UNITY of Los Angeles County. I now sit in meetings with Directors, Deputy Directors of CDSS (California Department of Social Services). I participated as liaisons between foster families and DCFS. I am here to make a difference!
This is just the beginning of my journey in the fostering field. I can’t wait to help out as many people as I can. I’m here to share my love.
This week has been crazy already and it’s only Tuesday. Between training for work, assisting my nephew with his virtual learning and make sure my foster kiddo does her stuff on time….I didn’t get to eat lunch until after 3:30p. When I signed up to work for Fostering UNITY, I didn’t know my kiddo would come back to me. Now I almost feel like I bit off more than I can chew. But if other people can do it, so can I!! I’m sure in 2 weeks after trainings are over, I will feel much better.
Regardless of how overwhelming everything seems right now, I am beyond ecstatic to work with this group of amazing people.
If you are or about to become a foster parent in Los Angeles County, please join this group and you will see what I am raving about!
Three months ago today foster daughter came into our life and opened our eyes to so many different things. Kiddo definitely taught me patience is more than a virtue, its a skill that is a must have. Communication is absolutely necessary. Last but not least, love and positive modeling is a great way to teach them without them knowing it.
We known for over a week that she is leaving us and we couldn’t say anything. We have to hide our sadness and dismay. Now she’s been notified, we can hug it out whenever we feel down because of it.
Now not only trying to stay positive for myself, have to be positive for all of us. Trying to reassure her how great everything will be when in truth… we do not know what it will be like.
There’s always so many different types of awareness going on each month. I think it is a good idea, because it is suppose to help raise awareness of whatever topic that is important. I never knew about Foster Care month prior to being a foster parent. There’s really not much to be taught. Just be aware that there are many children out there that may need help. I also feel it is important for people to know that it really takes a village to raise children, especially not your own. Now I had a “taste” of being a foster parent, I am really in awe of those foster families that only wants to foster to takes in five or eight kids. I have a hard time keeping up with just one, how do they take multiple children year after year and still have a smile on their face? To me, that’ is the pure definitely of altruism. We started all this with a slight (okay maybe not so small) selfish intention of adopting in the future. However with fostering, you never know what the end result is, until….it happens. The true practice of taking it one day at a time with no expectations.
I made a google group for families in the greater Los Angeles area to come together. I am in many other resource groups already, however I wanted to connect with those closer geographically as well to make a deeper connection.