This is Joseph, a little boy with Down Syndrome in Kaifeng Foster Care. Recently, Hope, the Kaifeng Foster Care Manager, visited Joseph and his foster mother. After a quick smile and wave to Hope, away Joseph went, running off to play with friends!
His foster mom told Hope that Joseph is very popular in the neighborhood and has many friends.
You know, we often think about the impact that foster families have on the children, and the impact that the children have on their foster parents and siblings, but photos of Joseph and his report really made me think about the impact these wonderful children have on the entire community. To hear that a child with Down Syndrome is very popular in a neighborhood makes me hopeful that the people he comes into contact with will understand what a special spirit many people with disabilities, such as Joseph’s, have and what a wonderful contribution they make to us all!
Tracy Fischer is the Kaifeng Foster Care Coordinator for Love Without Boundaries. She lives in Wisconsin with her husband Chris and sons, Jon and Alex. Tracy, herself an adoptee, works part-time as an adoption social worker. Besides her own family, working for kids in need of the love of a family of their own is her passion!