Heather and Mitch became foster parents in December of 2019, just 11 months after the birth of their sweet baby girl, Celina. Heather had always hoped to foster and/or adopt, but Mitch was less certain. One thing they both agreed on was wanting to have more than one child. Unfortunately, there were unforeseen complications after the birth of their daughter that changed their plans and ideas. They knew then that God was calling them to foster.
“God often uses our deepest pain as the launching pad of our greatest calling.”
Fostering isn’t always easy, but Mitch and Heather agree it’s always worth it. “During these past few months, we have learned how precious life is, and how these children in foster care deserve to feel connection, love, and acceptance,” Heather said. “They need someone willing to stand up for them and advocate for their needs.”
Mitch and Heather have had several children placed with them, and have helped with respite for others. Heather is a nurse, and they have had many children with complex medical needs in their home.
Heather said it is important for kids to remember that it is their job to be kids. She said that she and Mitch want them to know that despite their circumstances, that they are loved and cared for. Heather said that seeing pure, simple, innocent joy spread across the face of a child is rewarding. At times, she said you can watch any sadness, fear and anxiety melt away, if even for a moment.
“There are days that are hard. There are days I cry far more often than I ever thought I would. I certainly love deeper and feel more than I ever imagined, but these kids are worth it,” Heather said.