Giving kids a loving place to call home
When Sabrina first became a foster parent, she was inspired by the opportunity to provide kids in the community a safe and loving home, while also welcoming companions for her biological child—the only one when she and her husband first took on the role.
Eighteen years later, Sabrina and Thomas, her husband of 24 years, have two biological children who are grown and live on their own, but their three-bedroom nest is not empty. There’s too much love still to give.
Currently, Sabrina and her husband are fostering two boys, who are six and four years old, to give them not only the basics of shelter and care but also fulfill their wants and needs, which are just like any other child: to be with family, to feel safe, and to be a kid.
“Being able to provide children with a safe place to stay and call home, and seeing their faces light up from the love and care you show them, are some of my favorite parts of being a foster parent,” Sabrina said. “There’s an overwhelming feeling of gratitude when you know you are doing something that really positively affects others in so many ways.”
In addition to serving as a foster parent, Sabrina is also a special education teacher and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., an organization founded by Howard University students that’s dedicated to lifelong personal and professional development for its members as well as ‘service to all mankind.’ She also previously served as a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for teens in foster care.
In many aspects of her life, Sabrina is passionate about spreading both love and awareness with the goals of helping to empower others and building a better tomorrow—for young people and her community. She said that knowing she’s helping children lay the building blocks needed in order to thrive while they’re in her care both inspires her to continue her work and also serves as a reminder that a little love can go a very long way.
“Foster parenting is like a community service to better our society, because kids are our future,” Sabrina said. “They are future classmates, prom dates, brides, grooms and even lawmakers. If we don’t step in to help those in need, who will?”
Like Sabrina, you can make a difference.
CHD maintains 65 active foster care homes in Western Massachusetts. In Massachusetts alone, there are more than 9,000 children currently in foster care, and more children in need of homes than there are homes available. As a foster parent with CHD, you can make a difference.