Havelock, NC, April 27, 2017
Tish North had a rough childhood bouncing from foster home to group homes through her young life.Instead of turning her back on the foster care system she did the opposite.She embraced it as an adult with a goal of helping as many foster care children as she can.
Tish and her husband, Rob, have taken in 15 foster care children to date. At the age of 18 years old, Tish set out to make a difference in as many little lives as possible. She and Rob are doing just that with the support of Easterseals UCP. Through the Easterseals UCP Foster Care Program families like Tish and Rob receive training, visits, and all the support they need to handle adjustments, education, and crisis.
“I longed to belong somewhere,” said Tish about her childhood.“So, I set out to make the children feel like family in our home.Everyone has the same rules and isn’t treated differently because they are a foster child.”Tish and Rob have a biological daughter, Lynn, 15, who has learned to love unconditionally, adjust to new situations and people, and not judge others.
For seven years, off and on twins, Jaydon and Ariana lived with Tish, Rob and Lynn.After attempts to reunite the brother and sister with their biological parents didn’t work out, they decided to adopt the 12 year olds.“We never set out to adopt.Our plan was to help as many children as possible.But we had a connection with Jaydon and Ariana, and they became family,” said Tish.
More than 400,000 children are in the foster care system in the U.S. at any given time.There aren’t enough foster care parents to take in these children short term or long term.Tish said, “It takes one person to have the ability to rewrite history of the future of a child. The ultimate reward is when the children smile at you, thank you and love you back.”
Consider becoming a foster care parent with the Easterseals UCP Foster Care Program.Training and Support is free.
May is Foster Care Month. Support a child by donating a slightly used or new outdoor toy at one of the Easterseals UCP Foster Care offices during the week of May 15th as part of the Easterseals UCP Foster Care Fantastic Summer Toy Drive
ABOUT EASTERSEALS UCPEasterseals UCP is a non-profit organization serving the special needs communities in North Carolina and Virginia.Our mission is to create opportunities, promote individual choice, and change the lives of children and adults with disabilities by maximizing their individual potential to live, learn, work and play in their communities.