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A Foster Mom Shares Her First-Person Insights

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Alice Kenny  |  Share

Love, Loss & Healing

Alicia already had three young children when she and her husband decided to open their hearts and home to a foster child.  So they took in a homeless, pregnant teen.  Then, when the baby was born and looked deep into Alicia’s eyes, Alicia fell in love, she says.

To thank Alicia and fellow foster parents we are celebrating National Foster Care Month 2018.

Alicia’s family's home gave the teen, her baby and her birth family the space they needed to heal and forgive. Alicia and her family celebrated their foster daughter's happiness at returning to her real home.  

But this newfound love, as it so often is, was matched by loss. Alicia and her family still miss their foster daughter deeply.  And they miss the first smiles, the first words and first steps they will never see taken by their foster grandchild.

Taking in a foster child, a child often battered, bruised and cautious around all those who care, is tough.  But the special love that foster parents such as Alicia provide can make all the difference in a child’s life.

More than 11,000 children live in foster care in New York City, over 400,000 nationwide.  They include children abused and alone, adolescents whose lives have gone off track, families breaking apart. 

These children, with troubles undeserved facing crises beyond their capacity to understand and control, find help through special foster parents such as Alicia.

All children deserve love, stability and safety. When they cannot find this at home, Catholic Charities agencies step in. For more than a century, we have been recognized as major providers of high-quality foster care throughout New York.

Alicia is one of dozens of committed foster moms and dads who shared their story during National Foster Care Month. 

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