Stretch Outside Your Comfort Zone: Stepping into the Unknown of Foster Care
Meet a Foster Family: Kevin and Nadine
We must live out our passions and our callings in this life. One of the most powerful ways to serve our neighbors is by sharing what we have, giving out of what has been given to us. For Kevin and Nadine, this looked like becoming licensed foster parents through Miracle Hill. For years, this family welcomed young people aged birth through ten years old into their home.
Part of the desire to serve their neighbors and community in this way came from Kevin’s own experience in foster care. He was fortunate enough to be loved and to thrive with his foster and adoptive parents. Giving back has always been something on his heart. He and Nadine both feel that sharing their home with children who are experiencing foster care through no fault of their own allows them to stretch outside of their comfort zone.
Watching the children in their homes grow and overcome obstacles is one of their favorite parts of foster care. They also host their very own “Chopped” cooking competitions at home.
At work, Nadine is a principal at an alternative school in the district and Kevin is a pastor and teaching assistant. Not only do they balance two demanding careers and their fostering adventures, but Kevin has recently been battling a brain tumor. Even in the midst of this challenge, Kevin has continued to pastor as health has allowed and is fully involved in the kid’s lives.
As with many foster parents, Kevin and Nadine had hesitation about stepping into their role as “foster family,” but they didn’t let that stop them. For many, the unknown can be scary. Growing up in a stable, loving home is incredibly important. Kevin knows that from his own experience in foster care. Now that Kevin and Nadine have been welcoming and loving children in their home for some time, they can’t imagine life any other way!