They say it takes a village to raise a child.
Recently, my wife went to Hati to teach a few Haitians the basics of foster parenting and, while there, I was reminded how incredible of a “village” we have to support us in our times of need. Being gone for five days, the special people in our lives provided support for our family through so many meaningful ways.
This is how the village stepped up:
- My cousin made dinners for all five days.
- My brother came over and stayed with the boys until I got home from work.
- My son’s coach came to pick him up for basketball practice.
- My mother-in-law took a kid to a counseling appointment.
- My son’s mentor took him and a couple of friends to the park so that I could get some work done.
I can’t stress enough the importance of a “Village.” Everyone that I have mentioned above has taken the time to fully understand our lifestyle and our belief that every child deserves a loving home. We know that, for us, a loving home will always consist of an extended network of people who love everything and everyone our home stands for.
You may not have the capacity to take in a child and foster them as we did; however, everyone has the ability to do something, to play even a small role in a child’s life through the support of a family.
To our village, thank you!