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Do you have to be married to foster a child? Not with PCHAS.
“When I was young,” Lisa Harp says, “if you had asked me what I wanted to be, I would have told you a wife and a mother. I didn’t get married and I didn’t have children, but that didn’t mean I had to give up the dream of being a mom.”
A single woman living in Houston, Lisa works in the oil industry and enjoys teaching Sunday School at her church. She explains that she “always felt a pull towards working with kids who needed someone to take the time to help them figure out who they are and lead them to a place of wholeness. I felt like it was something I could offer to children who have been through trauma and needed a place to heal.”
Lisa was willing to foster older children and welcomed an 11-year-old girl into her home more than a year ago. While most people who consider fostering imagine welcoming a newborn into their home, the reality is that most children in foster care are older and older children are often struggling to cope with various forms of trauma.
To better understand and respond to her foster child’s behavior, Lisa took part in trauma-informed training at PCHAS. The training, Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI®), is central to the PCHAS mission of providing both care and support to children and families. “This is actually my second time to foster,” she says, “but I was with a different agency the first time. I love the PCHAS focus on TBRI® and the consistency of my case manager.”
When asked for advice to anyone else considering fostering, Lisa offers, “Trust your case manager. They have yours and your child’s best interest at heart and care deeply about every aspect of your placement.
“And I would say to walk through the journey with open hands. If I walk through this ready and willing to give up control and to receive all the amazing moments that happen along the way, I won’t miss the things that matter most.”
To learn more about how you can foster a child in need, contact us online or call 800.888.1904.