DCCH Foster Mom Katy Sullivan shares thoughts about her role, and we just had to share.
For those of you who don’t know me, we have seven children and two foster daughters ages six and seven.
In my previous life before marriage and children, I was a social worker for the state and worked with children in out of home care, their birth parents, and sometimes, foster parents. During this time, I was blessed to work with some amazing foster parents, like Susan. She had an incredible gift to love every child placed with her family as if they were the only child in the entire world. I learned firsthand how you can love a child, regardless of how God brings them to you!
Written by Ron Bertsch, Director of Foster Care and Adoption
As Father’s Day 2021 nears, we can reflect on what St. Joseph offers men as way of a model. Where to begin, first let me share my passion.
Joseph being the foster father of Jesus, took the role of nurturing, protecting, and caring for Jesus seriously. Stepping up for a child not his own but treating him as such. Pope Francis says, “fathers are not born but made. A man does not become a father simply by bringing a child into the world, but by taking up the responsibility to care for that child.” I challenge all fathers to make a commitment to be the best you can be. With St. Joseph’s intercession, I pray for more men to step up to become foster and adoptive fathers for abused and neglected orphans in our community.
A poem by Barry Johnson (Foster/Adoptive Parent)
When I saw her eyes I fell in love
Makes you believe in a God above
Cause her eyes held all her pain
Shrouded with guilt and all of her shame
But her smile held all her hope
That somehow allowed her to cope
With years spent in that waiting place
And brought laughter to her beautiful face
Lakeside Presbyterian Church has found a way to make birthdays for DCCH youth in foster homes a little more sweet.
Each month for the past year, a dedicated group of women and men have created customized cakes for a child’s birthday. They also provide party supplies and an individualized gift. The cakes have brought much joy and gave cause for many smiles!
Thank you, Lakeside Presbyterian, for making a positive difference in the lives of children and foster families!