Heather is a single mom, with an 8 y/o biological son. She has been a licensed foster home for 4 years. She has taken in numerous long-term placements, adopted a 2 y/o beautiful little girl in 2020 and is in the process of adopting her current foster child, a 2y/o little boy. Being a single parent with a full-time job can be challenging and when you add foster care into the mix, life becomes quiet the adventure. Even with her busy schedule she is always eager to help when she can as she knows our children need a safe haven while their families work on getting better. While at her home doing a recent visit and siting at the dining room table, a woman with a couple of children walked through the front and made herself at home in the living room. When I asked Heather who that was, she said “See her son over there? He was my 1st placement and we have become close friends”. Caring for a foster child is one thing. Supporting, befriending, and maintaining a positive and mentoring relationship with the child’s family is special. This past Christmas, Heather invited a 16 y/o girl, foster child, into her home for the holidays. The child was placed at a local shelter. Heather met this teen several years ago when was placed with a friend of Heather’s. She didn’t want her to have to spend the holidays in the shelter. Heather is one of a kind and we are so lucky to have her on our team. Thank you, Heather.