Get to Know FAFS 40 Club Member Susanne Glennon
How long have you been fostering?
How many children in foster care have you had in your home?
How many of these children (if any) have you adopted?
What made you become a foster parent?
We wanted to help other children who needed us. I was a stay at home mom taking care of my own children already, so why not help some others who needed a stable home? We were a medically fragile home for the past 18 years and took in children nobody wanted. All our adopted children have medical problems and were hard to find a home for. We enjoy getting sick children and seeing them getting better with love and the right medical care.
What advice would you give to your fellow foster parents?
You have to be flexible to the needs of the children. Also, you are on call 24-7 with no break. It is not easy. You really need to love what you’re doing. Don’t get discouraged when you have to deal with caseworkers, parents, doctors, schools. As for the children, seeing them doing well makes it all worthwhile, and when one leaves you know you did your job well.
What is the most important thing you would like the public to know about foster families?
We are not monsters who just take in children in for money. We work hard for these kids. We want to see good outcomes for the children in our care. People need to become more educated about foster care. We try to do our best with what we have ever yday and to make the foster children part of our family
How has FAFS helped you as a foster parent?
My favorite training was about babies and drug addiction. It helped me a lot. In the beginning, i had no idea how hard it was to deal with drug addicted babies.
If you could leave a message in a bottle for children in foster care, what would it be?
Don’t ever feel unwanted. A foster parent will be there to listen and help. I know we are not your real parents, but we try to do our best to help you through tough times you are having. It is not your fault.