Please meet the Blust Family
In 2000, my husband and I adopted our first child through a family member. While considering how to continue growing our family, fostering become one of our options. During the long process of adopting our son, we undertook an extensive research effort to learn more about how the foster care system works.
Throughout the following years, we grew as a family by fostering and then adopting another son and a daughter.
Our second son came to live with us for the first time when he was not quite one years old, but was returned to his birth mother after a few months. Then on a cold day in March of 2005, we received a call asking if we would willing to take him in again, because his birth mother could not continue his care and we jumped at the chance. After facing some road blocks, his adoption was finalized August of 2012.
Our Daughter was born, March 2009. And our little monkey come home to us at six weeks old, but due to the fact that we were not sure that she would be joining our family – we were ill equipped for a six week old baby and she came to us with little but what her previous foster family of four weeks had bought for her.
Since that day, I’ve learned that the very things that most of us never take time to notice – could mean the word to the thousands of children who enter the foster / kinship care system every day.
A bag full of toys, clothing, food, books, etc. can bring the most beautiful smile to a sad and scared child. It can also bring a little relief to the family that has opened their home and hearts to these scared children. That is our number one priority – to provide love, hope and comfort to these children.