Hi, my name is Jennifer and I became a foster parent on January 31st, 2014. My husband Matt and I received the call while at lunch and made the our decision without hesitation. That’s not to say that it came without a lot of consideration, we just knew in our hearts that it was the right choice for us. What I did not realize was the impact that becoming a foster parent would have on my life!
researching the foster care system, I was shocked to learn that there is such a
need for foster homes in not just Michigan, but right here in our own
community. These children are removed from their home for various reasons and
need a safe, loving home to live at while permanent placement is established.
Whether that is reunification with birth parents or placed with an adoptive
family, we decided that we could provide that safe, loving home in between.
my research I realized that some of these children often bounce from one foster
home to another at various times throughout their lives. Not only are these
children moved around from home to home, many of them carry their belonging
with them in trash bags only. According to many blogs and articles I have read
in the past few months, children that have to do this often feel like they are
being thrown out with the trash. This absolutely broke my heart and I realized
I wanted to help these children.
I contacted my foster care specialist to see if there were any programs in Eaton County that provided suitcases or large duffel bags to children who are placed in foster care. I was shocked to hear that there was not, and at that exact moment I knew I had found my calling. After a lot of consideration, my husband's insane amount of encouragement and support, and a meeting with the Eaton County DHS office, Guardian Angels Suitcases 4 Kids was born!
mission is to provide suitcases or large duffel bags, as well as a Care Bag to
each child that enters the foster care system.