The Gift of Love: A Foster Parent’s Journey

“People go in to this thinking about the changes that they are going to make in a child’s life but often get discouraged when that change isn’t happening before their eyes. These kids have been through a lot and even though you might not see them change while they are with you, you are helping that child’s future.

“People need to stop thinking this is only something you are doing to help the youth, the kids we have had, have made as much of an impact in our lives as we hope we have made in theirs.”

—Mrs. Lovings


“When I decided to become a foster parent, I had no idea of what to expect. I approached this journey with much trepidation, but with a very positive outlook. I knew in my heart that I wanted to share my blessings and give back to my community by being able to make a difference in a child’s life. For me, it did not matter what race or religion my future child was, my desire was just to have a child that I could help and introduce that child to a loving environment.

Hearts & Homes made this journey possible. I have been a foster parent now for several years, and I have opened up my home to five young ladies. It has been an experience I would have never wanted to miss. All of my expectations were met as a foster parent. Yes, sometimes there was hard work involved and frustrations overcome, but it was all worth it. I would certainly characterize my experiences and time as a foster parent as one journey I could not have missed. Success is relative, depending on how you look at it and what you value most. My time as a foster parent is definitely my success story.”

—L. F. Spraggins

“Hearts & Homes has been our second family for over eight years. My husband and I have fostered over 10 children during this time. Some of the children have been challenging, but our love and guidance has made a difference for the children.

We have adopted two of our children and are in the process of adopting our third child. We have seen staff and foster families change within the program over the years, but through it all we have remained a family. Our family has received much support, knowledge, compassion and dedication from the program’s staff and foster parents.

It has been, and always will be, a pleasure and honor to be part of the Hearts & Homes family.”

–V. Stepney, current foster parent