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Foster and relative parents deserve our gratitude | LETTER TO THE EDITOR

To the editor:

It is no surprise that springtime is the season selected to show public recognition and gratitude for the dedication to children that foster and relative parents demonstrate each and every day of their lives. This season is a natural fit, for spring embodies the promise of life renewed.

Communities across the nation are stepping up to show their appreciation to the individuals who are choosing to respond to this higher calling. The same is true in Island County.  With huge thanks to the volunteers at the M-Bar-C Ranch for the warmth and homestyle hospitality that you shared as you welcomed local foster and relative families to the ranch. It was a sunny Sunday afternoon, a day of great fun, great food and exceptional company.

To those who serve as foster and relative parents in Island County, your community is deeply grateful to you.

You are the ones who follow the rules, keep the records, attend the appointments, get children to school, wash the clothes, heal the wounds, celebrate the joys, wake up at night to comfort and soothe restless children. You are the normal in children’s lives.

You hold the tender heart of family in your hands. You are the ones who give birth parents peace of mind and precious time to work to restore safe, stable, nurturing home environments and ultimately, to reunify with their children.

You embody the graces of community. You are among our everyday heroes and we stand tall in your honor.

Appreciation neither begins nor ends within this spring season. There are so many ways for neighbors and friends to show foster and relative parents that they care all year long.

Invite a family over for your next barbecue.

Prepare a meal (or a batch of cookies) for the family to enjoy at home.

Remember children’s birthdays. Send a card, host a party or send a special birthday treat to be shared with child and classmates during the school day.

Join the family at special events to show that you are a part of a child’s community that cares.

Give parents some well-deserved time off by inviting a child over for an afternoon of fun with your family.

PATTI CARROLL

For the Kids First Team

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