New Hampshire Stories of
are many Stories of the Heart all around each and every one of
us. If we open our hearts and listen, we will hear them.
Kahlil Gibran, in his book, "The Prophet,"
has written a passage adaptable to foster parents as follows:
(parents) are the bows from which your children as living
arrows are set forth.
The Archer sees the mark upon the path of the Infinite, and He bends you with His might that His arrows may go swift and far.
Let your bending in the Archer's hand be for gladness.
For even as He loves the Arrow that flies, so He loves also the bow that is stable."
|Foster parents are "the bow that is stable" and it is to them that this collection is dedicated with sincere appreciation.|
These stories are all true, except where
|Introduction||13. Alice's Story|
|1. Donna||14. Bud & Ella|
|2. Doug & Linda||15. Suzanne & Andy|
|3. Carol||16. Joanne & Jerry|
|4. The Grandfather's Story||17. Christine & Bob|
|5. Molly & Keith||18. Ben & Rachel|
|6. Impressions of a Social Worker||19. George & Fran|
|7. Memories of a Foster Parent||20. Jack & Reba, the Foster Home Licensing Worker's Story|
|8. David & Lori||21. One of the Girls|
|9. Dot & David||22. Mona's Story and the Friendship of Nellie & Tony O'Brien|
|10. Linda & Rich||23. Foster Parent Christmas Traditions|
|11. Jan & Bruce||24. Tracey's Story|
|12. Myra & Chet||25. Audrey & Dean|
is our hope that these stories will stand as a beacon, guiding
future foster parents towards providing good quality
Family-Centered Foster Care. Let them serve as shining
examples of what good foster parenting is all about. As the
reader begins to see beneath the surface, as these foster
families were able to do, he will begin to understand and feel
the pain and misfortune experienced by the foster children and
We must always be aware that it is never too late to try. The foster parents, whose stories of the heart have been told here, rarely give up on anyone. The stories and segments provided by former foster children are a tribute to these foster parents and their ability to offer quality foster care. Families work when they are healthy and stable. When less fortunate families are encouraged and supported by those who have already achieved health and stability, they begin to work, too.
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