“I sat on the living room floor with my mom, and she reached for the phone. My eight-year-old self filled with dread as she asked someone on the other end of the line if they wanted another child.”
Carla shares her story:
“Before I knew it, I was boarding a plane from Minnesota to Kansas alone, afraid, and uncertain of what my life would hold.
The world taught me that there is a God who loved me enough to do what was best for me no matter how much it hurt at the time. The foster care system taught me that there are people in the world who care and who will make sacrifices just to let you know you are important and valuable.
From that lesson, I offer my advice to those in the system: it is ok to love and be loved. I always felt if I loved my foster parents I was letting down my actual parent. I also felt I never deserved to be loved because I was not good enough for my mom to keep me. I wish I knew then. I know now that as soon as you let yourself love and be loved, the healing can start.”