Ferocity and Wisdom Beyond All Measure
Do good. These two little words, so simple in nature, have deeply rooted themselves into the hearts of 29-year-olds Nathan and Christina Wilson from a young age. Whether it was volunteering at an animal shelter or participating in their church’s youth group, they’ve always felt a strong commitment to doing things that better the lives of those around them.
When they first learned that they were unable to have children of their own, the solution was clear. There are approximately 700 children in foster care in Central Florida, and they were going to give whatever child graced their doorstep the love and care they deserved. Although the first child they were presented with was outside of the age range they initially requested, Christina and Nathan did not let that deter them. Without a second thought, they welcomed him into their home.
“We don’t believe in giving children back when it gets difficult. There is no such thing as a perfect child.” Christina explains of their perspective of foster care. “There are all sorts of labels placed on these kids, but you have to look past their history and see them for who they are. Otherwise, they will never overcome these obstacles.”
Understanding that their role as foster parents is to nurture and help their children grow and thrive, Nathan and Christina truly believe in caring for the children that enter their home as their very own. Their dogs have even adopted this mindset and can often be found snuggled up with kids in their rooms. Nathan and Christina have found that their pets are therapeutic, and many of the children have liked to sleep with the dogs because they make the children feel safe.
One of the biggest battles they have faced in their journey as foster parents is the social stigma placed on kids in care. Because a child is in foster care, many people automatically label them as a trouble maker or a threat. Christina and Nathan have found themselves repeatedly fighting against these labels, most of which were placed on these kids before individuals have even met them.
“We aggressively advocate for our children,” Nathan states emphatically.
“Not only do they need a home, they need someone to speak up for them because nobody was doing that in the past,” his wife says in agreement.
Nathan and Christina have faced an immense learning curve. Spending time in their home, you would never know it. The wisdom and ferocity they exude are beyond all measure. How have they come to this point? Nathan developed a theory of letting go.
“Tomorrow will come, no matter what. If you worry about it coming, it’s still going to happen, no matter what. Do the best you can for that day, then let it go.”
To learn more about becoming a foster parent, visit http://embracefamiliesfl.org/make-a-difference/foster