Guest post by Sharon Groover, Safe Children Coalition Foster Parent Trainer. SCC is the lead agency for Community Based Care in Sarasota, Manatee and DeSoto counties.
This story starts with a young mother of two going into labor and having no support system. Having no other options, she drove her two children to the labor and delivery room with her. When she arrived, she learned her 11 month old and 3 year old would not be permitted to stay with her during her delivery and hospital stay.
Awakened at 4 a.m. by the sound of a ringing phone, a very tired but understanding foster family, the Brophys, accepted placement of the two siblings. Later that day, Cindy took the children to the hospital to see their mother and to meet their new sibling. Learning that the mother could not be released because she did not have another adult to pick her up, Cindy arranged to return with another foster parent, Zena, to drive the mother, baby and the mom’s car home from the hospital.
In addition to giving the mother a ride, Cindy and Zena gave the mother their contact information and encouraged her to reach out for help. This provided the mother with an instant support system.
The Ripple Effect began when Gena Davis, a very experienced foster and adoptive parent and new president of the Sarasota Foster and Adoptive Parent Association, heard the story. She soon texted Cindy to acknowledge her efforts and to report some sorely needed help to restore Gena’s hope and passion for fostering children and making a difference in the lives of others.
Gena will now continue the ripples as she leads the Sarasota FAPA members with renewed sense of purpose. Cindy, Zena, Gena and their families are shining examples of the Quality Parenting Initiative and Family Centered Practice. Foster and adoptive parents have a tremendous power to make a positive impact on yourselves, your families, each other, your community and your world – one child and family at a time.