What were your biggest concerns as you considered saying yes to foster care?
Corey: As a single man, my biggest concern was if I would have the time and resources to be a parent while also working full time. I was unsure if I’d be able to live up to the role alone and still be emotionally present at the end of long, hard days when there was no one else here to lean on.
Why did you ultimately say yes?
Corey: The month before my training was set to begin, I watched the short film “Removed.” After watching this video, I was even more sure that fostering was what I wanted but I was unsure of how I could bear that burden alone. The next Sunday, we sang the song “Another in the Fire” and I felt the lyrics of this song wash over my soul. “And when I look at the space between where I used to be and this reckoning, I know I will never be alone. There was another in the fire, standing next to me.” In these words, God reminded me that He has always stood with me. Even more powerful in this moment, I realized that I had finally found the home church God was leading me towards. The people surrounding me, singing as I broke down into tears, were the people God had sent to me to allow me to walk this path.
How has God worked in your life during your foster care journey?
Corey: One of the kids I’ve had in my home asked me “How many moms and dads do you have?” When I told him that I just have one of each he said, “Well that’s kinda sad, I have lots!” This was a powerful moment for me to see how I had taken my blessings for granted and to remind me of how there is always a bright side. Sometimes it takes a kid who has lost everything to remind us of how much we actually have to be grateful for.
What would you say to other men who God may be calling to foster?
Corey: I think for many men, foster care just isn’t on the radar and so when they begin to feel called to it, many can find themselves brushing it to the side. I think the one thing I would say to the man reading this, unsure of if fostering is right for his family, is to spend time in the Word of God. In His Word, I think it’s clear to see how close the heart of fostering is to the Heart of God.