Foster Care Through the Eyes of a Child

Close your eyes and imagine that you are 3, or 6, or 12 years old. Suddenly, there’s a knock on the door. Your mom opens it and there is a policeman at the door. He speaks with your mother and then says you need to go with him. You don’t understand what’s happening. Why is your mom crying? Are the police taking you to jail? What did you do wrong? The policeman takes a plastic bag with of a few or your clothes from your mom and leads you out the door.

Another stranger, though not one in uniform, guides you to her car and off you go. You’re scared to ask any questions but the lady explains that she knows you are frightened and it isn’t safe for you to stay at home so she will take you to another family. Not safe? What is not safe? This is all you’ve every known so it just seems normal to you. You don’t know there is any other way to live and you don’t see why you have to go to another family.

The lady takes you to a house and guides you inside. A woman stands in front of you, “Hi, we’re glad your here.” But you are not glad you are here. You are scared and have so many questions going through your mind. Who are these people? Do I know them? We drove a long way, where are we? Can I find my way back home by myself? What do they expect me to do? What did I do wrong to deserve this?

The first lady leaves promising to see you again soon. The second one leads you to a room telling you this is your new bedroom and showing you where to put your things. You don’t understand. What does she mean by “new bedroom”? Aren’t you going back home tomorrow? What about school? You have school tomorrow. And what about your little brother? Why didn’t he stay here too? Where did they take him?

Can you see the confusion? Can you see the uncertainty? Can you see the fear? As much as it may tear up our hearts, we live in a sinful world and because of that foster care is necessary. As Christians, we are not called to hide from those sad and difficult situations, but to embrace them with compassion. The word compassion means “to suffer with”. As we care for hurting children we suffer with them as Christ suffered with us. As he reached out in compassion to those around him, he calls us to do the same. Foster families have the opportunity to be a light in a dark and hurting world. Be the hands and feet of Christ. Join Miracle Hill as a foster family today.

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