Fostering moral and spiritual strength in children

JIMMY was just five years old when I first met him. He had a beautiful face, and eyes that still had a child's sense of wonder and discovery in them. But there was also hurt in those eyes, and some fear. Jimmy had already been in two foster homes. This would be his third.

At that first meeting with Jimmy, I'm sure I was a little uncertain about my own role. I had never been a foster parent before. The social services agency hadn't really provided much background on the child, and when you're going into a foster care situation, you never know how long it might last. It could be a few months, or it could be years. All I knew was that Jimmy's mother was a single parent, and he had been removed from her home because of mental problems she had experienced and some drug abuse. I didn't know if Jimmy himself had been abused or whether it was the neglect of his basic needs that had required foster care. Yet in either case, here he was, wary and at the same time hopeful. He surely needed to be cared for and nurtured. He needed to be loved.

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