So: You’re thinking about becoming a foster parent, but you have questions. You have worries. You maybe even have some doubts.
That’s to be expected: Deciding to be a foster parent is a big step, and it’s one that should not be taken lightly or made quickly. In fact, many people think about it for a year or two before making a decision.
To help with this process, we encourage prospective foster parents to ask themselves some specific questions that will help them know if they’re ready.
To say that I am blessed would be an understatement. I have been married to a wonderful woman for 30 years. We have four amazing children and four highly energetic grandchildren. I have a career that fulfills me and puts food on my family’s table and a roof over their heads. But it hasn’t always been this way. I owe my entire life to a selfless stranger I met more than 40 years ago. She was my foster mom.
A child at an Indianapolis Colts game gets a weighted blanket and headphones. A family at the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis gets a map with sensory-aware markings. Kids at an Indianapolis park can spend time in a sensory room with a range of autism-friendly activities.
Most families would find it difficult to imagine the challenges facing a family when a child has a developmental disability. They might find it even harder to imagine being able to rally the relentless hope and perseverance that, sometimes, can help that child grow into a bright and energetic person. The Hovey Family knows that journey well: Their son Matt has come a long way and is now taking college classes … classes that he pays for in part by selling a joke book he wrote titled “1000 One-Liners.”
As Damar celebrates its 50th year, we look back on a lot of changes. It only makes sense: Simply surviving for a half century requires an organization to adapt, but an organization like Damar, which strives continually to innovate and improve, must do more than adapt. It must embrace change as a part of its mission.
From the entry-level employee to the clinical specialist, and from the Direct Care Technician to the Accountant, every one of us can say, “I don’t just work at Damar … I am Damar. I make a difference.”