I’m sitting here with my slightly botched cup of bullet proof choffy (i’ll tell you what choffy later) trying to write this post before I get the rest of my day going. I have to remember that you’re supposed to pour the boiling water into the french press before the coffee cup.
I recently met this blogger by the name of Mandy Lee in one of my blogging Facebook groups, and we must have been meant to meet because we have become fast friends. Mandy is Fostering Nutrition. She is a Nutritional Therapist, mother, and foster parent. She always knew that she wanted to adopt children in addition to having children of her own. When she and her husband went to adopt their first child, they were appalled when they found out how much the agency was charging for children of different ethnic backgrounds, and demand. I would have been appalled too. How can you place a dollar amount on a child’s life when the end goal is to find them a loving family that wants to love and raise them as their own? As a result, Mandy and her husband became foster parents instead. As they began to foster children, Mandy was noticing all the behavior and health issues these children had as they came to her. She did what she thought was best for them by changing their diets and putting them through a detox protocol. As she did, she noticed the behavior issues disappear as well as health issues reverse themselves. While she did this for them, she did it at a cost to her and her husband. The government provides the WIC program to foster parents to provide food for these children. However, the WIC program is awful when it comes to valuable, whole food nutrition. When it comes down to providing children with the nutrition you know they need versus something else that is provided to them at little or no cost, you have to make the best decision for the child, I feel, and I know Mandy does too.
When Mandy I crossed paths, I mentioned to her that I had gone through the foster system myself as a child. In fact, I am the only foster child out of all the children that my foster parents cared for that still keeps in touch with them. I’m sort of the eldest sibling in this family as they also have four children of their own. So naturally I offered to write a guest post for Mandy telling my story about growing up as a foster child. This post ended up being a 3 part series. I thought about doing a post of my own on each part, but decided to wait till I had finished writing all of it instead. I would love for you to read the posts themselves, and you can do so here by following the links provided.
I was truly lucky to have been placed with the family that I was when I needed them most. Unfortunately some foster children are not as lucky, and it breaks my heart. Every child, whether a foster child or not deserves to have the love and upbringing they all deserve. I hope that Mandy I will be able to do more work together in the near future. Telling our stories and informing others about the foster system and the nutrition of these children is essential for other people to consider opening their hearts and their homes to a child that truly needs it. I hope you enjoy my story, and if you have any questions, please feel free to ask.