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Foster Parents: Special People

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A wall full of photos is testament to the lives this couple has changed. A wall full of photos is testament to the lives this couple has changed.
Herb and Sybill have had hundreds of kids in and out of their home in the 23 years they've been foster parents. Herb and Sybill have had hundreds of kids in and out of their home in the 23 years they've been foster parents.

Foster parents are some of the most resourceful people you will ever meet. That's certainly true of Herb and Sybill, who have had hundreds of kids in and out of their home in the 23 years they've been foster parents.

"It's a full time job. It's not just a part time thing, it takes both of us involved," said foster mother Sybil.

Involved would be an understatement. By her own account, Sybill says the number of foster kids they've had in their home is, "probably over 225, or something like that, I've got a list," offered Sybil.

That's on top of three natural children they've raised, and a few they've adopted along the way. Like 12-year-old Emily, who feels pretty comfortable being part of the foster home setting helping out during Dave's visit with William, a medically-fragile child.

In fact, Jordan, in a nearby wheelchair, was a medically-fragile foster child they just couldn't say goodbye to. So they adopted him against the odds.

"When we got him they didn't even think he'd even live for three weeks. He was 3-and-a-half-months. He'll be four in October," admitted Sybil.

A wall full of photos is testament to the lives this couple has changed. Each child is special. Dave asked them how they manage to say goodbye to each one.

"That's hard," said Sybil. "It's hard," echoed Herb immediately.

"You really have to be committed. It's not something you can just... you have to put the foster kids right along with your own kids first, 'cause they take a lot of time, and your kids have to understand them," explained Sybil.

And there's always another one.

"We just lost three last week and got three this week," Herb said.

Sybil and Herb are both 64 and say they don't see a day in the near future where they want to stop being foster parents.  

More foster parents are always needed. If you'd like to start the process, call the local office of the Adoption Exchange now at 436-6335.

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