Steven was just a teenager when he made the long trip from Honduras to the United States. Both of his parents had passed away and he worried what would come of him.
Though young, Steven had dreams of becoming a chef. He knew his only hope was to leave Honduras, a place known for poverty and having the highest murder rate in the world.
When people consider becoming foster parents, they often wonder if they will be able to handle the ups and downs of foster care. Others wonder if fostering will be too hard.
Sharon Martinez didn’t let any of those fears stop her from becoming a foster parent. “I am 66 years old and on dialysis,” said Sharon. “Most of the kids that come to live with me call me Grandma.” Don’t let her age fool you, Sharon’s feisty personality is exactly what these kids need.
Baby Boomers and Generation Xers have raised their own biological children—and instead of calling it quits, they are finding they have the financial and emotional wherewithal to parent again.
After raising three biological children, Darlene and her husband, Bill, decided to become foster care parents—a journey that led them to adopt five children, four of which are teenagers. They also have two more adoptions pending. In addition to adopting, they have fostered hundreds of children over the last 20 years.
With nearly 19,000 children in the state foster care system and fewer than 4,500 licensed foster homes, one local charity wants to remind people that these vulnerable children are in desperate need of a safe and loving family—and helping these children may be easier than you think.
Marty Reilly is full of infectious positivity. With a huge smile and knack for helping out on short notice, she’s established herself as a veteran volunteer at the Catholic Charities foster care and adoption program in Phoenix.
Veronica Soto is one social worker fighting to care for the more than 19,000 children in foster care.
Renee Livas is a social worker with a passion for serving foster care families and children in the system.
Nicole Barrier decided to foster to grow her family. Now, years later, she shares her experience as a foster parent with Catholic Charities.