Today, the couple has fostered several children in their times of need. Marilyn and Paul use their education backgrounds to help the children with their academics and developing plans for success. When a forever family is found for a child, the couple works alongside the adoptive parents to ensure a smooth transition for the children. They do the same if a child is reunified with his birth family.
In addition to preparing the children for their next steps in life, Marilyn and Paul make sure each child feels as though he or she is a part of their family. The kids go on family vacations and remain a part of their lives long after moving on to their forever homes. In fact, the first two children the couple cared for were adopted by a family that lives just down the road. Marilyn and the children's adoptive mother are now best friends and the kids are forever a part of their growing extended family.
It is easy to see how much Marilyn and Paul give to the children, providing a temporary home to live and a permanent place in their hearts, but Marilyn says it’s actually the children who have “so much to give.” She sees them as a huge blessing in their lives.
Have you considered opening your home to children in need like Marilyn and Paul? Learn more about becoming a foster family at www.iowakidsnet.com. (Four Oaks foster care and adoption program, called Iowa KidsNet, is a statewide collaboration that utilizes a unique, cohesive approach to provide recruitment, training, licensing and continued support to individuals who wish to become foster and adoptive parents.)