Q & A with Angie and Melissa, Foster Mothers in San Antonio


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Angie and Melissa, along with their husbands, have both opened their homes and provided a safe, nurturing environment to children in need. They are MCH Family Outreach foster parents in San Antonio.

Angie and her husband have been foster parents since Spring 2010, providing a home to seven foster children and five children in respite care. She has two older biological children (ages 21 and 24), two adopted children (ages 5 and 2) and currently fosters a 3-year-old boy. Melissa and her husband are a military family who became new foster parents last year. They have four biological daughters, ages 13, 11, 8 and 5, and currently provide a foster home for a 2-year-old boy.


Q: Why did you decide to become foster parents?
Melissa: It was something my husband and I have always wanted to do. I always loved being a mom. That’s what I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl. And since both of us love being parents we thought this was a way we could give back to society to watch these kids who by no fault of their own are without a family.
Angie: We talked about it for years. When our youngest child went off to college, we decided this was the time to do it. Methodist Children’s Home was flexible which we needed because my husband travels for his job. It has just worked and the older kids absolutely spoil them rotten.

Q: Why should other parents foster?
Angie: You get more out of it than people think. You’re giving these kids a glimpse of normalcy. And you hope in the back of your mind that during the time you have them that you can instill a picture of what life can be and teach them values.
Melissa: I have my kids at home and a lot of people don’t want to do it when their kids are at home, but I think it has actually made the experience better. There are times that are hard and I may get stressed out. But my kids have this clear picture. They understand that it doesn’t matter how hard it gets, at the end of the day we love him. They think that this is what everyone should do in their eyes. My husband is such a good father, so that is something else we could give him is a father figure.

 

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