Current Foster Parents-Archive May 2013

About every month or so we will use this page to feature one of our currently-licensed foster families. You might ask how we will decide who to feature? OK, go ahead…

We decided to inaugurate this page on the site with our ‘oldest’…or, let’s just say, our longest veteran in the Options for Families and Youth foster care program. That would Alice White. She’s our matriarch.

Alice has been an OFY fixture now since we first licensed her in 1994. You may have already guessed that she holds a special place in our hearts. Any professional staff out there in ‘Social Work Land’ who know of someone who has been fostering for over 18 years, cherishes an individual like this. Alice is no exception.

While she’s been busy fostering, Alice has also taken the ‘extra step’ to offer her home as a permanent place for two of her former foster children also. So she’s not only a foster parent, but also an adoptive parent.

Here are some of her thoughts:

Alice, why do you keep on doing this (providing foster care)?
It’s satisfying to me to help children. I began to think about doing this after the death of my son. I then made a decision to make it my business to help others.

Where do you get your energy from?
I get it from the children! They won’t let you get tired…they don’t even give you a chance! I also can’t leave out God; He keeps me going.

Why have you stuck it out with OFY all these years?
We are all like family at OFY. We have the same goals; to help children be better than when they first come to us.

What do you like best about children?
They are honest. By that I mean if they like you, they’ll tell you that. If they don’t like you, they’ll tell you that too!

What do you enjoy in your spare time? What are your interests other than children?
I love to care for animals too. The children like it also. We have a rabbit (named Midnight), guinea pigs, hamsters, 6 aquariums, geckos (just like on TV), a turtle, and even a bearded dragon. I also enjoy my church, Christian Fellowship on Lakeshore Boulevard.

What are some of the most important things in life to you?
Treating people the way I want to be treated. To love as much as I can.

How are those two you adopted a few years back?
They are both doing great! Harold is 17 years old and a straight ‘A’ student. He’ll graduate next year. I remember you bringing him to me when he was 2 weeks old. It was a special day because the bio mom had not yet named him and she let me do that. Jacenee is now 8 years old and is also a straight ‘A’ student with perfect attendance. She excels and is truly a miracle.

Do you have a favorite person at OFY ? Just kidding!!!! I already know the answer anyway.

Finally, I have to end by sharing this about Alice White. Whenever I call, and for whatever reason I call, I always get around to asking Alice this question, “Alice, how are you doing?” Over the years without fail her replay always is, “Mr. Rush, I am blessed and highly favored.”

I can tell you beyond a shadow of a doubt, that she is and, because we share in her life, her energy and the fact that she is still a foster parent, so are we!

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