May is Foster Parent Awareness Month, and we have the perfect person to carry the flag -- an adoptive mother who is also a Family Court Judge.
Meet her honor, Judge Lisa Kent. Dispensing justice from the bench in her profession, delivering love from her heart as a single adoptive mother is her passion.
"He is the best thing in the world, in the universe. I tell him I love him more than anything in the whole universe," says Kent about her adopted son, Zach.
Kent believes the same motives for being a good parent make her effective on the bench.
"He's the reason, and all the kids like him. That's why I did it. It's a hard job, but I love it," says the Judge.
But she is also realistic about the challenges the Family Court system faces these days, where a seemingly endless supply of foster children comes from.
"We have a serious drug problem and that's really where the majority of our cases are coming from," admits Kent.
Lisa adopted Zach when he was a baby. Now she believes she will also soon be adopting his younger brother and sister, going instantly from two in the house to a family of four.
I asked if she was ready for that.
"I can't wait! Am I prepared? I hope so!" Kent says with a smile.
Would she like to see more foster parents answer the call? Sure, but, "I think people are afraid. I think people are afraid to be foster parents. Their heart could get broken," says Kent.
So what does she tell those people?
"I can tell you and guarantee to anybody that the kids give back more to you then you'll ever give to them. They'll change you life for the best. It's life changing," says Kent.
Available adoptable foster children will be displayed at the new Heart Gallery Wednesday night at Sierra Health on Tenaya near Mt. View hospital. Come after 6pm and see professional portraits of the children waiting for a permanent home, sponsored by the Adoption Exchange.