Children’s Home foster families are like many other busy families who balance school, extracurricular activities, and time with their friends and family. They are extra special though because of the love they share and the hope that they foster for children in need. And they have a big support network – an extended family – of neighbors, other families, and Children’s Home staff.
We recently sat down with the Alison and Brice Hope, one of the Children’s Home foster families, to learn more about their journey with The Children’s Home and how fostering has impacted their family.
With six kids under the age of 10, their daily lives are a raucous, loud, and loving whirlwind. In 2014, the Hopes doubled the size of their family by fostering and adopting with The Children’s Home.
Q. What does family mean to you?
A. We have a quote hanging in our hallway by the kids’ pictures that says “Different is beautiful so be yourself.” Our family looks very different from your average family. We have all shapes, sizes, colors, and special needs. We are all different and love ties us together. Another quote that really sums up what I believe family means is this- “Being a part of a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life. No matter what.”
Q. How has fostering and adoption changed your family?
A. We doubled the number of children we had in less than one year, and I would not change a thing. We currently have three biological children, two adopted sons, and one foster daughter.
Fostering and adopting has made our family better and stronger. These children have changed the dynamic of our family in only the most positive ways. We have learned so much just by knowing these kids. We are far more blessed by their presence than they are by ours. Don’t get me wrong, life is all kinds of crazy in our house with six little kids. But it’s a good kind of crazy. A super fun, loud, loving, messy kind of crazy. A kind of crazy that I would not know what to do without now.
Q. What positive change have you seen in the children you have fostered and adopted?
A. When our son Louie first came to us he spoke very few words. He was withdrawn, had little eye contact, and did not know what it was like to live with other kids.
Watching Louie become a brother and our son has been the most rewarding experience we have had in our foster and adoption journey. Louie can now communicate. His best friends are his brothers. Louie has made a transformation like I have never witnessed before.
Louie brings joy and happiness to each and every day in our family. Not a day has passed that he does not make us laugh until it hurts and smile until our cheeks hurt. He is a phenomenal kid and we are so blessed to get the honor of parenting him.
Q. What is the most rewarding part of the fostering process?
A. Having the unique opportunity to love a child back to health and happiness really is an amazing thing, and seeing a previously hurt child smile or laugh and let go of the sadness that brought them into care is truly remarkable.
Interested in learning more about the Hopes’ journey from fostering to adoption? Watch the video below.[youtube]http://youtu.be/_dMESWJL3GA[/youtube]
Fostering with The Children’s Home
The Hopes, like all of our foster families, are a valuable part of The Children’s Home family. The need for foster families like the Hopes is big, and growing: The Children’s Home must turn away up to 30 children a week in need of a safe, temporary home.