I had four little girls from Cleveland for 18 months during which time I mentored their parents who lived in the inner-city of Cleveland and did not even have a high school education.
After the girls went home, I kept in contact with the family; eventually getting them to move to central Ohio. Now mom has her GED, enrolled in college for nursing while dad works full time. They live in a beautiful home and are a very happy family.
For me, helping those less fortunate, showing love and providing guidance to other human beings when they have nobody else is the rewards of being a foster parent. This is why I do foster care... the smiles of a child and parent's face.
-Melissa Lanter, Treatment Foster Parent with House of New Hope since 2007