Foster/resource parent, Daisy Montanez, took some time to tell us a bit about her experience fostering kids.
Can you tell us a little about why you wanted to help children by fostering?
I wanted to foster because I was not able to have children of my own but I always loved to take care of children. There are so many children in the world that go through so much in life and just want someone to give them a helping hand, even if it’s for a little while. I have so much love to give and these children need that love and care, and that is why I decided to foster.
Was there anything that you did to ensure that the child felt like part of your family?
For all the children I have fostered I always made sure to give them love and understanding. I always have made sure that their needs are met and that they receive the best of me.
How is the experience rewarding? Can you give me an example of one of your most rewarding moments as a foster parent?
The experience is rewarding because I get to see their smiles, I get to see how they get stronger everyday and how they become happier. I am fostering my nephews and when they first came into my care they did not show any emotions, they did not speak, and thought that the world was evil. I had them for two years now and they have come a long away. They are happier, more sociable, and they see the world in a different light so that makes me happy and feel that I must be doing something right!
Why would you encourage others to sign up to become foster parents?
I would encourage other to sign up to become foster parents because it is a rewording act. In child welfare no one knows what will happen with the child but giving them happiness, love, security, and education during the time that they are in your home is what they will carry with them in the future. It makes me proud and happy that I am helping our future, which is our children.