One of my fondest memories of the girls was doing their hair. They were were African American and Puerto Rican, so their hair texture was very different than anything I was used to. Thank goodness for a blog and FB page called "Chocolate Hair Vanilla Care" because those ladies taught me all the tricks! In no time, I was braiding and doing cornrows with the best of them. Yarn extensions was my next project but we didn't quite have enough time to fully tackle that. Should the girls come back to visit, I promised them them I would do it!
Because of privacy and Social Services laws, I am not allowed to show their faces, but here is a photo of one of our Saturday hair days. It was such precious time and I always thanked the girls for letting me do their hair. They have no idea what it meant to me and how special it was, but I hope their new adoptive Mom tells them the same things. It was sooooo much fun!
We are asked often about our experiences as Foster Parents. I don't want to paint this picture that everything is rosy all the time. There are definetely challenges that go along with this choice. But we have to believe that we are making a difference in the lives of these young people who didn't have a choice to end up where they are today, and for that, we volunteer to do this job. Some of their stories and life circumstances are horrific to put it mildly, but they still deserve love and someone to believe in them. Sometimes, the best gift we can give a child is the gift of time and love. So if you are curious, call your local Social Services and make an appointment to find out more. I promise they won't handcuff you and force you into anything you don't want to do. But we do love having a full house!