The first thing you notice about Mavis and Jim is the youthful energy that surrounds them. It seems surprising considering that they have been fostering for 45 years. Over that time they’ve welcomed over 100 children into their home, and have adopted four, soon to be 5 of them. Mavis and Jim gave us some good advice for current and prospective foster parents.
If you are thinking about fostering then you should go for it!
You can’t give up and you can’t blame the kids.
The next child who came into Mavis and Jim’s lives was a three and a half year old girl named D. Mavis received a call from a social worker that D was recovering in the hospital after being terribly abused by her mother. It was about a week before Christmas and D was coming to them with no possessions of her own. Mavis and Jim picked D up and drove straight to the department store to buy new cloths and Christmas presents for her first Christmas with them.
Mavis and Jim describe D with incredible tenderness. They say that she is incredibly kind. “D would give the shirt off her back,” Jim says. When she was in high school she was very athletic and broke all the records for distance running.