“I almost feel selfish for doing what I do because these kids just humble you and are so happy to be alive. It puts your life in perspective every single day.”
This is the story of Jamie and Cindy, two friends in different states who welcomed seven foster children with disabilities into their hearts, their homes, and their families.
hat moment shifted Jamie’s perspective for good: “I realized my problems that I thought were so important at the time couldn’t even compare to those parents who had lost their little girl.
“I kept her picture on my car’s dashboard for the next seven years to remind me.”
When Jamie became pregnant with her daughter Adacia, she enrolled in nursing school so that she could have a job that paid the bills but still gave her time with her little girl.
After graduation, Jamie worked in at-home health care, helping medically fragile little ones in their own homes.
Jamie ended up caring for many of these kids for years at a time, developing deep bonds with them and their families. And over time, she realized that there was room in her heart for more little ones of her own.
So when Adacia was 8, Jamie decided to foster. And then, to adopt.
First was little Kayden—brought home at 5 weeks old, born 9 weeks premature and addicted to heroin. Two weeks later, Jamie got a call for three-month-old Rylee, who had been shaken by a parent and at the time wasn’t expected to survive. A year later, Angel, a little girl with brain injuries, entered their lives as well.