THE FOSTER CARE COMMUNITy
Patrick is a single dad of three. He has been a part of our Love Box Program since late last year when he was fostering three wonderful boys and has been supported by an incredible and dedicated Love Box leader.
Patrick grew up without a father; he says "I didn't have any examples to go by." But this didn't stop him. He adopted his three boys and makes it his mission to be there for them as someone to protect them, nurture them, and guide them through life.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, 18.3 million children (1 in 4) live without a biological, step, or adoptive father in the home.
"All three of my boys have dads who weren't there. Like me, they didn't have anybody throwing a football. I want to have that with my kids. I want to watch them grow, watch them learn, watch them see and have things they weren't able to have, This is what being a father is, to be there for your family."
Patrick says growing up he had his mother teach him how to love. He says, "I pull from that example. I am a dad with a mother-sized heart." Patrick wants to give his three boys the space to be vulnerable and make mistakes. He wants them to know he will always have their back and be there to ride this journey together.
To all of our fathers:
Those who are fostering or kinship fathers
Those who are adoptive fathers
Those who have strained father relationships
Those who are biological fathers
Those who have strained child relationships
Those who have lost children
Those who have lost fathers
Those who have chosen not to be fathers
Those who yearn to be fathers
...to all of you, we celebrate you.
Happy Father's Day!