Foster "Fridays": Interview with Luke
We wanted to feature some local parents that have a heart for children in need of forever homes. If you’d like to share your story, feel free to contact us!
Today we have an interview with Luke. Thank you, Luke, for sharing with us!
FLM: Can you tell us a little about your family?
L: My wife and I have been married 4 years. Right now we are fostering a 2-year-old boy who we’ve had about 15 months. A lot has changed in our family dynamic since he’s arrived, but I think we’re a pretty tight-knit family. We enjoy taking him to museums and things when we’re not working.
FLM: Can you tell us about how your interest in foster care/adoption first came about?
L: My wife has always been interested in adoption. Because she’s so passionate about it, my interest was sparked as well, a few years back.
FLM: What was, or is the hardest part about fostering for you?
L: At first, I knew I wanted to help, but I really didn’t know much about it. I didn’t realize the ultimate goal was permanency one way or the other, either reunification or adoption. I thought it was just a random kid staying with you, like a boarding situation. It made me nervous and didn’t sound appealing. Obviously, basic foster care education helped with that. As far as more recent hardships- it’s changed our home dynamic a lot, naturally. Time my wife and I invested in each other before fostering was taken away, so that’s been a big adjustment. But the good far outweighs the bad.
FLM: What's been the most rewarding part?
L: Becoming so bonded with our son. Also seeing that we’re providing a good life for him, by God’s grace, during this season, however long.
FLM: What’s one thing you’ve experienced that you weren’t expecting?
L: There’s a level of fulfillment that I wasn’t expecting. I feel like my life has more purpose now. I also wasn’t expecting to enjoy it so much.
FLM: In conclusion, what would you say to families interested in foster care or adoption?
L: Do it! If you have the space and resources, go for it. Something we’re very convicted about is not wasting resources on unnecessary material things when there are so many kids that need help.