Help The Wahler's Get A Van For Their Foster Family
Organized by: Karina Sprinkle
Baby C. is doing well in the N.I.C.U. and may be coming home soon!
July 26, 2016
The Wahler’s family have welcomed 4 foster children into their family of 4. 4 + 4 = 8 and a larger vehicle. They aren’t looking for brand-new and fancy. They need a van with an 8th seat that is less that 10 years old so that they can do things together without taking two vehicles. The minimum amount they need, added to the amount they have already saved, is $3,000 – but I would like to see them have $5,000 to work with. While they are busy in the trenches doing heart work you and I can help with a very practical matter that will make life more harmonious and functional. Let’s see what we can do!
Foster parenting is a risky, messy, and difficult business. It takes a lot of patience, resources, and energy. I am full of admiration for the Wahler’s for taking this step. It’s not one I can make right now, BUT, I CAN come alongside them and contribute as they launch into their adventure.
There are hundreds of thousands of children in the foster care system who have been removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect. The number of children stuck in-between danger and safety is growing as an increasing number of parents succumb to drug addiction. For many of these children transience is common and belonging is a foreign concept. There is a massive shortage of parents willing to foster which leaves many children in the system, sometimes even sleeping in social services offices. I recognize that you may feel inundated with stories and images of tragedy and brokenness, so I encourage you to focus not on the tragedy of the in-between, but the beautiful changes that occur when a family like the Whalers’ decides to offer their resources and their hearts to children longing for “home”.
Imagine children experiencing rock solid consistency and safety, perhaps for the first time in their lives. Imagine a mother and father whose hearts are broken by the loss and risk these little ones have been exposed to making a commitment to show up, every day, and meeting it. The heart change and empathy that grows in the children who share in this process of welcoming strangers as family. Imagine wounds healed, hope restored, and a complete change of course in four little lives whose narratives now include belonging and safety. You can play a role in all of this beauty that Peter, Abby, Max and Miles are making with these four little ones. Please give whatever you can, and know that it will be deeply appreciated.