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The rewards of fostering

Foster families are something special. South Dakota has a shortage of foster families. And that certainly doesn’t set us apart from other places.

But providing love and stability — and maybe even safety and regular meals — to kids who might not know those things is one of the finest services we can think of.

It takes money, even though the state helps. It takes time. It involves allowing strangers in your home. It involves calls to and from the state and others. It’s not exactly convenient.

There’s no way — no possible way — it’s not heartbreaking at times.

So here’s the question: Is that reward something you would be interested in? Do you have the heart to help? The patience? The strength? The room in your home? If you think you might, it’s time to have a serious talk with your spouse, if you have one. But being single doesn’t preclude you from fostering.

Foster parenting isn’t for everybody. But it’s not just for those who are perfect or rich or married.

It’s not just for pastors or doctors or counselors or those who are already parents.

It’s not easy work, but it sure is important. Maybe you can help make a difference in the lives of children.

* Guest editorial from the Aberdeen American News in Aberdeen, S.D.