SHARING FOSTER STORIES

 
 

KIFS is proud of the foster parents and children we serve.

KIFS is a constant source of community support for our foster families and we work hard to create an atmosphere where stories, joys and challenges can be shared. Below are a handful of interviews from our foster community. If you are part of the KIFS community and interested in sharing your experience please get in touch!

 
 

Megan’s Story

The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children. - Marian Wright Edelman

The future which we hold in trust for our own children will be shaped by our fairness to other people's children. - Marian Wright Edelman

 
 

How did you get involved in fostering children?

We were inspired by a family that was fostering in our church and another family that we knew through a ministry we served in and were so impressed by their care and love for foster/ adopted children. We found KIFS specifically while I was looking for families that may need childcare through an ad on craigslist.

What struggles have you encountered through fostering?

What have you learned about yourselves through fostering?

That we could handle a lot more than we ever imagined. To be more grateful and thankful for all of the many blessings we have.

“As foster families we can help change the outcome for so many children.”

- Megan, Foster Parent

What joys have you encountered through fostering?

Seeing the children thrive with their health, nutrition, school grades and emotional struggles fading over time. Taking the children to do something new that they have never experienced or tried before. Seeing our biological children grow in compassion for not only special needs children but grow to love their foster siblings.

Why should others consider fostering?

We hear the horror stories every day on the new of children being abused and neglected, parents overdosing, etc. We may not be able to change that, but as foster families we can help change the outcome for so many children.

And the children are our society’s future. All children deserve to know God created them and loves them dearly.

That we could handle a lot more than we ever imagined
Stehlin Family

Stehlin Family


 

Eliane’s Story

How did you get involved in fostering children?

Both my daughter and my sister are foster parents. Watching them and how they loved the children, I fell in love with them as well. My husband and I began by helping watch my daughter's [foster] children, so we decided to start doing for other children too.

What struggles have you encountered through fostering?

Our struggle is falling in love with each child and seeing that they are established and settled in a home, then have to leave. It's the not knowing where that child could end up that's the struggle.

What joys have you encountered through fostering?

Seeing how happy the children are each and every day, and especially on holidays and their birthdays. The children bring joy to our lives.

What have you learned about yourselves through fostering?

What we have learned is self control, patience, to think before we react, and to be very careful about how we answer something, and never make promises we can't keep.

Why should others consider foster parenting?

There are a lot of children who need stable home lives and love; it will change your whole life for the good.

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It will change your whole life for good
— Elaine, Foster Parent

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