Jacob and Kaitlin both knew they wanted to become foster and adoptive parents before they even met. But after they got married, their lives became busy and the couple felt like they never had time to get started.
When a family member was in need of foster care for their children, Jacob and Kaitlin decided now was the time.
“That’s what drove us to really need to do this,” Jacob says. “We have five kids of our own, but we want to help other families.”
Jacob’s two siblings were also interested in fostering, so the family all decided to start the licensing process together. Jacob and Kaitlin received their foster care and adoption license in February and since then, they’ve provided respite care to children in need of temporary care. But Jacob is looking forward to the day when his family can welcome their first foster child into their home.
“When we started our training, I wanted to foster but my main goal was to adopt,” he says. “But when they talked about the kids’ stories and I thought about losing my family and being away from them, that just really hit home for me. And I realized these kids need to be reunified with their families and just need a temporary home to love them.”
For any Iowa families who are on the fence about fostering, Jacob has some advice:
“Some families think they have too many kids or their family is too big already. It doesn’t matter. If you have a loving home, you can foster. You know it will be hard when the kids go home. But the reward is being able to help their families.”