January Wednesday's Child

By: Elizabeth Green Email
By: Elizabeth Green Email

There are thousands of children across the United States that need a permanent home.
You might not be able to adopt a child, but you can still offer a temporary roof, bed, and most of all, your love, to foster children right here in the area.

For this month's Wednesday's Child, I sat down with a man who has three children of his own.
But when they grew up, he and his wife decided to open up their home and their hearts.

Scott Smith and his family of five already, decided to become a foster family about 10 years ago.
"We became foster parents and just fell in love with her, she was our first foster child," Scott says.
Scott says even with the training, they had no idea what to expect.
"They need therapists, they need doctors, they need all this, and we didn't know how to do any of that. All we knew how to do was love that little girl, and that's what we did," Scott says.
They also had no way of knowing that the very first child they took in, would be there to stay.
They adopted Amanda, but kept their home open to many more children along the way.
"How important are 100 children that don't have a home? I don't know how you could put a value on that," he says.
Since each and every life in so important, Scott tells his story to anyone who will listen, hoping he will find someone ready to make a huge difference in a child's life.
"In my daughter's case, we may have very well saved her life, and I know a lot of the time that is true," he says.
He says its also true that fostering can be hard, seeing children come and go.
"Those children need someone to give their heart to them with no reservations, so if you are really doing your job, you are going to get your heartbroken," he says.
But he says nothing compares to the joy and love they have to offer.
"There are so many families out there that need to consider, maybe they would be blessed, and these children would definitely be blessed," he says.
That's why Scott wants you to consider opening your arms and offering your love, even if that's all you have to give.
"People need to remember that these aren't just faces that they see on Wednesday's, they are real kids, affectionate kids, that need your home," he says.
Scott and his family are currently in the process of adopting another child, and plan to keep spreading the word of the joys of being a foster parent.

For more information, log onto www.adoptawvchild.org, or you can call 1-866-CALL-MWV.
In Ohio, you can contact your county's Children's Services Office.
The number in Washington county is 740-373-3485.


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