It wasn’t until Mindy Honey became a mom that she realized the impact her foster families had on her.
Honey, 32, entered the foster care system at 18 months old in Belfast, Maine, and bounced around until she was 7. Two years later, the Pennsylvania couple who had brought her into their home adopted her.
“I really appreciate how much they did for me,” she said.
She shared her story Friday night at the KidsPeace Foster Care and Community Programs' 21st annual foster parent recognition banquet in Danville, Pa. May is National Foster Care Awareness Month.
Honey said after she was adopted, she had a normal childhood until her father unexpectedly died when she was 15. Still, she turned that hardship into a positive, working diligently to put herself through school so she could become an ICU nurse. She now works for Geisinger Medical Center and has two children of her own, who make her realize every day how much she has to be grateful for in her life.
Recently, a foster sibling from a family that had given her a temporary home when she was small reached out to her via Facebook, asking if she was the person who had lived in their house. Honey was touched to be able to say thank you to people who had helped to shape her early years, and she hopes other foster parents who guided her would be proud of where she is today and what she has accomplished.
She told the foster parents in attendance that even if they feel sometimes as though they’re unappreciated, they are making an enormous difference in the lives of children.
Ann and Carl “Skip” Rice have been fostering teenagers for more than two decades. Check back to read their story.