A PCHAS foster care case manager told Shirley and Jimmie Walker three children needed a home. The Walkers agreed to foster all three children—siblings ages 2, 3 and 5—to give them the stability of staying together.
The children had been traumatized before they were removed from their biological parents. The Walkers spent countless hours solving behavioral issues, sought guidance from a therapist, and advocated for the children both in school and in court hearings. PCHAS provided trauma-informed training to help the Walkers cope with the behaviors and emotional challenges of their foster children.
Despite the challenges of the situation, the Walkers encouraged regular phone calls with the biological mother and invited her to their home for holidays. They wanted the children to experience normalcy as much as possible, which meant taking the kids to Girl Scouts, the Good News Club, sports and community events. What was originally intended to be a temporary arrangement turned into a year, then two years. Eight years later, the children moved on, but Shirley and Jimmie continue to be a part of their lives, visiting often and supporting the children as they begin to navigate their pre-teen and teenage years.
The Walkers’ dedication to putting children’s needs first earned the admiration of Sharon Goddard, their PCHAS caseworker, who nominated them for special recognition. In October, Shirley and Jimmie received a Stepping Up for Kids award from a regional agency, Vision for Children at Risk. To learn how you can join families like the Walkers, who so wonderfully model our mission of Christ-centered care for children and families in need, please contact us today.