Colorful cubbies for the children at her in-home daycare
Pet birds keep the home lively
Her passion from children is what drives her to go the extra mile for her foster children.
By Adrianne Pearl Gimenez
It’s a bright afternoon and Tiffany’s daughter Taylor welcomes me into their home. Although the shades are drawn, the room is bright with colorful cubbies, building blocks, birds, and a glowing karaoke machine. It’s nap time and the children at her in-home day care wake slightly just to go back to their siesta. For the last 13 years, Tiffany has been licensed as a family child care day care provider. With her experience and love in working with children, she felt a calling to become a foster parent and got her license to be a foster parent. “I’m very involved at church and I felt that maybe it was God’s plan for me to give back, for me to give children a place to call home”, she comments on her decision five years ago to become a foster parent.
“My job is to plant a seed, not to change them, but to plant a seed in them that helps them to realize their full potential.”
The phrase, “Planting a seed”, has served as a mantra to Tiffany, “When my first foster child was reunited with their family, it was hard on me. You give your heart to these children but it’s not my job as a foster parent to keep them. It’s like a piece of you leaves with the child but I had to learn that I did my job, which was to plant a seed and show them a positive example of family”. In her work as a foster parent, Tiffany was inspired to create her own non-profit Seeds 4 Hope to help foster families like herself. “I wanted Seeds 4 Hope to be a place of rescue, a place of security, a place where families could find other families to relate to”. Though the nonprofit is in its early stages, Tiffany hopes that it grows into a vibrant community to support foster families through the good and the difficult times.
Though they all come from different backgrounds, together they are a family.
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