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My Journey as a Foster Parent:‘No Child Should Grow up Believing They Are Not Loved’ |BLACKLOVE.com

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By Brandon and Everlean Rutherford, BLACKLOVEcom

We’ve always discussed the possibility of fostering since the beginning of our marriage. After our careers allowed us to transition to Atlanta, we knew it was the perfect time to move forward with our initial plan. However, we didn’t quite know what to expect with the process, and it had its challenges. 

Our process began with attending an informational session at the local foster care office. Following our attendance, we were given a large packet of information to fill out and return. We were required to provide documentation about our finances, previous residences, social history, references, and even answer questions about our childhoods. Honestly, this is where our frustration first began. We submitted our packet a total of three times because, unfortunately, it was lost twice. Even with the disappointment of losing our packet twice, we knew that we had to keep the process going and try again. It was not about my husband or me. These were minor setbacks in comparison to the bigger picture, which was the kids and their futures.

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