Being a mom is probably the most difficult unpaid job in the world, but being a foster parent is maybe even more difficult. Being a foster parent is both a great chance for people to help others out and also a great challenge. Especially if the children have yet to accept their new family as their own, as their new loving home. It was not so easy for this two-year-old toddler to have changed four new homes in the past five months. The moment she entered her new home, she uttered a sentence that changed this mother’s life forever.
For foster moms, it is also difficult because they don’t know for a long time if the move is permanent, or if they will have to say goodbye at a certain point in their lives. It is very heartbreaking and emotional. One foster mom, Jamie, shared her story on Facebook and told the world what it was like for her to witness her new daughter coming to her new home.
Jamie shared this story on the Facebook page, Love What Matters, saying “She walks in confidently and with a smile. She knows the drill. In her two years of life, she’s spent five months in foster care. In her five months in care, she’s been in four different homes.” She then introduced the toddler to her other siblings, who welcomed her warmly. She also added: “The other kids are the welcoming committee, the tour guides, and the concierge service for our little residence (“You’re here! Want to see your bed? Want a baby doll? I love you!”). They’re the key to a new child feeling at home.”
But something incredible happened only 11 minutes and broke Jamie’s heart. The toddler said: “Look mommy!” Jamie explained: “To this little girl, “mommy” meant the female adult of the house, the lady who reached something you couldn’t and refilled your juice. Having five “mommies” in five months, she hadn’t yet had the chance to learn what mommy meant.”
Therefore, the toddler had yet to learn what mommy means, and now it would be completely different.
Her Facebook post goes on: “Mommy meant falling asleep on shoulders, kissing skinned knees, teaching ABCs. Mommy meant helping with homework, whispering about friends, sitting outside dressing rooms.”
The mom got almost 500 comments on her post and tremendous support from fans. Jo Fitch says: “I’m a foster carer and our first special family members were a girl aged 15 mths who came into care at 8 months old, went to a carer that put her with 3 different respite carers 3 times in 7mths and her 4-day old brother. They stayed as part of our family for 2.4years. Never once did we let them go into respite – they came on holiday with us and went wherever we went as a family. They moved on to adoption 4 years ago and we still miss them so much.”
Foster parents are an important part of these children lives when they need someone whom they can love and look up to. This story is just one more example of that unconditional love!