Foster par­ents have no re­grets

The Compass - - NEWS -

Don and Peggy Gra­ham live of Sal­mon Cove have been mar­ried for 37 years and have two chil­dren of their own.

Af­ter the birth of their first child, they started think­ing about fos­ter­ing but de­cided not to pur­sue it at that time.

About 22 years later when their chil­dren were grown, as Peggy and Don chat­ted at the kitchen ta­ble they were re­minded of their ear­lier in­ter­est. That’s how their life as foster par­ents be­gan.

Since be­com­ing foster par­ents they have cared for over 46 chil­dren of all ages who needed a tem­po­rary home. Most of the chil­dren re­turned home, some were adopted and oth­ers lived in their home un­til they were old enough to go out on their own.

Peggy Gra­ham says she will never for­get that first call when they were asked to care for a teenaged boy. It marked “the beginning of a jour­ney filled with amaz­ing chal­lenges and re­wards.”

Gra­ham talks about, “how good it feels when you run into chil­dren who have been in your home and they reach out for hugs, the smile on an adop­tive par­ent’s face when they come to pick up their long awaited child and the ap­pre­ci­a­tion ex­pressed by bi­o­log­i­cal par­ents for the care you gave to their chil­dren.” Speak­ing for her­self and her hus­band Don, Gra­ham says: “We’re so glad we do what we do. We wouldn’t change it for the world.”

FOSTER PAR­ENTS - Don and Peggy Gra­ham of Sal­mon Cove say they are glad to be foster par­ents and “wouldn’t change it for the world.”

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