Anita and Briana

Being a Foster Parent is About Love

May 29, 2018

Anita and Briana want you to know one thing about foster parenting. It’s about love.

Staff and supporters from Volunteers of America MN are reaching out in hopes of growing and mobilizing a base of community support for Foster Parents.

When Anita began Foster Parenting 23 years ago, she did so in part because she had an inkling of what it felt like to get shuffled around and not feel wanted.

She’s seen her share of heartbreak over the years, caring for infants whose parents die of drug overdoses or simply never reclaim their lives enough to care for their children.

But she has also been gratified to see families reunited and children who successfully move on from dangerous and unstable situations.

Her work with kids has inspired her daughter Briana to take up Foster Parenting as well.

“This is not a job to me. This is my life. I chose to make a difference in these kids' lives and that's what I'm going to do.” Anita said.

“All kids are different,” Briana says. “Every kid brings his own ‘thing’ but they all need love. That's the main thing they're all looking for is just love.”