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The Other Mothers

Foster moms offer hope, healing and a home for children

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I was grown and out of college before I knew macaroni and cheese came in boxes and cornbread could be made in a jiffy. Mama knew about fresh, whole foods before it was trendy. She made jelly and pies from the apple trees in our backyard. Fast food was biscuits straight out of the oven.

Mama knew about positive parenting without reading it in books. She gave unconditional love to her children and all children who crossed her path–no matter how old they were. Her heart and home were always open. Mama anchored lives. With a smile, a good talking-to, a scoop of her famous potato salad and a piece of pound cake, she let children know they were worthy and capable.

Instilling in children a sense of self-worth, love and belonging is arguably the most important function performed by mothers. Without it, children grow up disconnected, disheartened and often looking for love in all the wrong places. That’s one reason it’s so important that other mothers step in when biological mothers cannot or – for whatever reasons – do not.

There is a saying that “mothers are God’s angels on earth.” That’s especially true for foster mothers. And so, for National Foster Care Month, BLAC Detroit pays tribute to three of these angels. They are all heaven-sent, according to the children they’ve nurtured and whose lives they’ve saved.

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