A gift I gave myself that keeps on giving: Opening our home and souls to our foster children
BY RICK LEED — Everyone understands the concept of ‘giving’ to a child in need by opening your home as a foster parent and potentially (though not necessarily) proceeding to adopt that child. The most common and simplest way to view this metamorphosis is that you are doing good by helping someone else — by sharing your safe, warm personal, family home with a child who might otherwise live in a ‘group home’ (the word that has replaced the word Dickens made famous, “orphanage”) .
It is true: you are doing good by helping another. But the good you are doing is hardly one-sided. There are many studies, much research, and a long social and spiritual history that shows that the biggest beneficiary is the giver of this gift.Read more