Foster Parenting: Would We Do It Again? Yes, Yes, and Yes!

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Here is a little bit about our experience as foster parents. We have been foster parents for about 15 years and decided to work with Family Solutions because of all the extra support we get from them. We started our journey thinking we would be able to help out and affect a bunch of kids. That was not necessarily the case.

Our first child was with us for seven weeks and then was reunited with his adoptive family. The next child we took into care was a boy named “Andy” who was eight years old. He and his brother had been in the system since he was three. All we asked of him was to partner with us, and we would make his life better. He is a 22-year-old man now and recently graduated from the Job Corps. Andy had no family support that could take him in, and we knew this from the beginning. Andy is our son and presently living on our property.

Would We Do It Again? Yes, Yes, and Yes!We also had a girl during the raising of Andy. She stayed with us for nine years, and at 19, was able to go back and live with her biological family. We still keep in contact with her, and she is doing well. After that, we did some shorter placements anywhere between six months to two years, and most of them returning home to family. When we originally started doing foster care, we thought we would be a blessing to some kids. As it turns out, they not only became members of our family but are a huge blessing to us. If we had the choice to do it all over again, would we? Yes, Yes, and Yes. Has it all been easy? No, but it was so worth the journey. You will laugh, love, and cry with these kids, and in the end, they become your family, too.

Sincerely,

Michael & Becky Giudici
Stock photo used for illustration purposes only. Client names have been changed to protect the subjects’ anonymity.

Protective Parenting

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Grandfather in a Parent Support Group

The story is tragic but familiar: The mom and dad succumb to drug addiction, the dad lands in prison, and the mom, still using, winds up homeless. Where does that leave their middle-school–aged boys, Jake and John? In the loving hands of their grandparents, Jack and Julie, who gladly stepped up to parent their grandchildren.

Child Welfare referred the grandparents to the Family Solutions Protective Parenting Class in Grants Pass because the boys needed special care, having been traumatized by family disruption, parental neglect, and abuse. Jack and Julie were happy to attend the class.

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