Our Story - How Did We Begin?
Sometimes an unexpected path leads to a surprisingly beautiful destination. Such is the story of our Executive Director Jonathan Reid and his wife Virginia. Read their story below in Jonathan’s own words.
My wife Virginia and I had long desired a house full of children; yet, after many years of trying, our “baby room” remained empty. Heartbreaking though it was, we realized that we were among the estimated ten percent of American couples who struggle with some level of infertility. As we navigated these unanticipated and often painful waters, God brought us to a place of peace. However, we were left with the question, “What next?” After riding this roller coaster for some time, we made the decision to grow our family by means of adoption.
Adopting through the state was the only financially feasible option for us, so we obtained a DCF adoption license and, before we knew it, our first son had come home! Soon after, our family moved to Rhode Island where we began to provide care for children living in foster care. Three of those children are now our second and third sons and our first daughter!
God used our experience in the RI foster care system to transform our perspective. We now saw children foster care in a new light-they were no longer a mere statistical category but rather individual children each endowed with unique dignity by their Creator. In short, youth living in foster care were real children who needed real love. Our hearts were gripped and we knew that we needed to do more on their behalf. But what could or should be done?
As we considered this question, an exciting revelation dawned: as daunting as the situation seemed, the need could easily be met-if people of faith would open their hearts and homes to these children.
As I scoured New England looking for an existing, faith-based effort to support, I discovered that no such organization existed. Compelled by the need and convinced after much prayer, we officially formed Fostering Hope. We are just getting started, but our dreams are big. I trust you will join with us as we seek to promote a culture of foster care within the church community here in the North East.