Falling in Love
Kevin and Shannon’s first step in falling in love with a child in foster care begin with a picture book. Thumbing through pictures of hundreds of children all without families, two children touched them. It has been seven years since they adopted one of those children, but “there isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t think about the other child we didn’t adopt.”
Steven* is now 12 years old and the middle child with one older brother and one younger sister. This worked out great for Steven because all he wanted was a big brother. It wasn’t easy at first because his big brother didn’t want him. After two years of following his big brother around, Steven and Max* are inseparable.
Max is going off to college soon and Kevin and Shannon are concerned that this might trigger a sense of loss for Steven. Even though they are concerned, Kevin and Shannon feel well prepared to deal with this next stage because they have been well supported by Sierra throughout. It hasn’t been an easy nor hard road, it has been a journey, according to Shannon. When we asked Shannon if she was scared to take that first step seven years ago, she said “no, there was a kid that needed a parent; how could I say no just because it would be hard.”
There are almost 3,000 children in foster care in Sacramento, Placer and Nevada County. Just like Steven needed seven years ago, all children still in foster care need a family that will love them forever.