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Sunday, October 21 2001

Foster care recognition

Yesterday, Saturday, October 20, 2001, Pat and I attended a recognition banquet held by Professional Family Care (PFCS), a private foster care agency based in Johnstown. The directors honored us and the other foster families of the agency. They recognized Pat and me for serving 15 years as foster parents. During that time, more than two dozen children have been in our home. The longest stay was 8 years, and the shortest was two-and-a-half hours. PFCS accepts children from county Children and Youth Services from throughout Pennsylvania when the local county is unable to place a child. These hard-to-place children usually have been physically and/or sexually and emotionally abused. Many come with physical handicaps, which have been caused by abuse. The monetary compensation is low, so those who do it for the money soon drop out of the program because the work is very stressful and emotionally draining.

We didn't have any children of our own and we both enjoy working with children, so we thought this was a good way of having a family and serving society at the same time. We have had kids spit at us, hit us, defecate and urinate on our carpets and some have run away only to return in the custody of the police. Fortunately, we have been able, in most cases, to overlook the personal attacks and deal with the issues that are behind such atrocious behavior. However, we have had to have children moved when their behavior became too defiant or violent for us to handle, or when the child asked to be moved. Nevertheless, there are moments when all the turmoil and heartaches fade away and our efforts all seem worthwhile. For instance, when a child gives us a big hug for no particular reason and says, "I love you," or when a former foster child calls and announces that she has given her son your name, or when a former foster child calls and thanks you for helping her to get her life in order.

It also helps us to forget the bad times when we foster parents gather as a group and hear our agency directors and community leaders recognize and honor us for our work, as happened yesterday at the banquet.


Answers to computer-class test questions
in a South Carolina High School:

Backup What you do when you run across a skunk in the woods.

Bar Code Them's the fight'n rules down at the local tavern.

Byte What your pit bull done to cousin Jethro.

Cache Needed when you run out of food stamps.

Chip Pasture muffins you try not to step in.

Sent by Mike Harrison

True success

The man who is elated by success and cast down by failure is still a carnal man. At best, his fruit will have a worm in it.

—A. W. Tozer

Sent by Jim Martin

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