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Foster Parent Association, National

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Protecting abused/neglected children through advocacy, education and supporting the giving, caring foster families who take them in. Help us support and strengthen foster families!

Real Life

Kathy Harrison, a foster mom, had just taken a new placement to the ER, a 10- month old baby boy with bruises on his face and his eye nearly swollen shut. They drew many not-so-pleasant stares in the ER waiting room.In her words, "Not for the last time, I wished for a T-shirt that said, 'Don't blame me. I'm just the foster mom.'

Subsequent X-rays showed David had five broken ribs and healed fractures in his arm."I couldn't erase the last ten months for David.I couldn't make any promises for the future.For now, I could keep him safe and warm.I could rock him and sing him a lullaby, which is what I did until he fell asleep in my arms.

At that moment, foster care became not just something I did but part of who I was and who I could be.I could make a difference, a real difference in a child's life.This baby would never know about me.Still, because I had loved him, cared about him, I was a part of him.It made me feel that what I did matter in a way it hadn't before."
Katherine Harrison, Another Place at the Table