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By Eileen Majors

When I look back on the things I am most proud of in my life, as most parents would likely agree, the pride is for my kids (and now theirs). I was blessed with two wonderful boys and later in life took up foster parenting, a blessing I also count as pure treasure. I signed up with a local foster agency, Environmetal Alternatives. I clearly outlined the parameters with the agency including the fact that we wanted only to take in a boy. Somehow when the need arose, I ended up taking a girl, actually the first in a series of girls, one of whom would stay on to become our daughter.

I remember clearly all the warnings the agency delivered; the biggest was having to accept the fact that I may fall in love with a child and then have to watch them go away. The social worker encouraged me, “Just remember that you can make a difference in a child’s life, whether you have them for a night or for a lifetime.” I don’t recall anyone telling me how much joy I might be getting out of the deal. I’ll never forget the day I took a new foster daughter to the mall for a much needed clothes shopping trip after her arrival. I cannot explain the joy that overcame me when this nervous teen looked up at me and asked, “You mean they let you try things on?” Near tears, I calmed myself to fully encompass the most exciting and rewarding shopping trip I had ever been on. Oh, there were challenges over the years but yes, there were many rewards. Was it always easy? No. Would I do it all over again if I could reverse time? Yes, in a heart beat!

I hope I helped them all in some way and I could not be prouder or luckier to have the beautiful, caring, loving mom and wonderful person in my life who is now my daughter.

Perhaps you have a little room in your heart, and your home. Sharing your life might just be one of the most exciting and rewarding things you have ever done.

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