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Open Hearts, Open Home

My wife and I were blessed to acquire a small 20-acre farm just outside of Strathroy where we have lived for 37 years. It has been an oasis for our biological children, our foster children, and our adoptive children. It is where the seeds of growth for many children have been planted.

Being raised in a home with stable, loving parents and extended family is something many of us take for granted. When my wife and I recognized that not everyone is raised with this advantage, it stirred in us the decision to open our hearts and home to children who, through no fault of their own, are in need of a place they can feel safe and cared for. A place where they can grow to their full potential.

Throughout our years of fostering it never ceases to amaze me how quickly and profoundly children can learn to trust and feel comfortable. The connections that result bring so much joy. These connections along with providing structure and routine create an environment where children can flourish. We have witnessed many first accomplishments and milestones as a result.

Our parenting goal is to help develop well-rounded individuals who can make a contribution to society. For us, this also includes spiritual growth and recognizing each child’s areas of strength. We try to provide opportunities, some of which they may not otherwise have had, to develop and enhance their individual gifts.

At present, our two adopted children are in college. Our daughter plays on the Fanshawe College varsity volleyball team and our son competes at an elite level in para track and field. He is a leg amputee with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder and owns two Canadian records, one in high jump and one in long jump.

As is expected, many children come to us with issues. These challenges remind us of the trauma and loss that these children have experienced and of why we choose to foster. We know that we cannot save them all but, we also know that no matter how short or long their stay with our family, we will have an impact and we will make a difference in their lives.

The Salomans have fostered for the Children’s Aid Society of London & Middlesex since 1991. They have four biological children and two adopted children. Henry and Alice continue to enjoy welcoming infants and toddlers into their home and have extensive knowledge of Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. Become a foster or adoptive family.Safe Children, Bright Futures(519) 455-9000 x777 www.caslondon.on.ca

You have the power to change her future.She has the heart to transform yours.

Yvonne is a foster parent for the Children’s Aid Society of London & Middlesex and birth mother of two children.


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