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Today, I continue reaching out with hope and encouragement through our book's, speaking events, singing, and leading an amazing team of international volunteers through our nonprofit, SCwSG.
I've babysat since I was eleven and earned a Ph.D. in Human Services and Counseling Psychology while growing through difficult times that included chronic illness, divorce and almost having my legs amputated. These experiences continue to motivate me to try to help as many people as possible and to have a significant and lasting relationship with children. I spoke to Paul about my consistent desire to provide a safe place for broken children to heal through foster care and adoption, in November of 2010. Paul gave a long list about why this wasn’t a good idea. Most of the reasons were based on fear: fear that I wasn’t healthy enough; fear of the financial burden; and most significantly, fear of the lifestyle changes required to be a parent. I wasn’t deterred and did what I always do when confronted with the unknown: I prayed.
One day Paul came home and said, “Okay, go for it! I can see it will be more harmful for you not to try than any of my reasons why we shouldn’t.” He’d talked to friends and it was obvious that God had worked on his heart. He was now excited to share his love of the outdoors with hurting kids.
We found out that there wasn't a foster home available in our county and neighboring counties so we began our certification process immediately. Since April 2011, we've been officially offering a safe place for broken hearts to heal in our home. It has been time-intensive, costly and emotion-filled.
We adopted two children on September 25, 2015 and look forward to adopting as many as possible. May we introduce you to our beautiful daugher Angelina (16) and our brillant son Carlos (8). (Foster child's face blurred for her protection).
Thank you for keeping us in your prayers!
To be "mother" to someone who needs me means more now than ever. On February 18, 2010, my mother passed away and I realized how much I'd lost. My Father went to meet my Mother after a 15 year battle with Parkinson's disease on June 12, 2013. As I review memories one thing rings true, they loved me.
Two days after Mom died my best friend Jan died and as I mourned, I began to think more intensely about children who are orphaned, need to be adopted or need foster care. Although I have no children of my own, I've never let that stop me from helping as many as possible. During more than twelve years as a professor and school teacher, teaching all grades and subjects to regular and special ed students which included severely disabled, blind, deaf, autistic, down syndrome, cocaine babies, severally abused, juvenile delinquents, while coaching swimming and track offered me many momentous experiences.
One day when I’m gone, my children (those I foster for a while or those we give forever homes), will know THEIR Mom loved them, and I pray they will pass that transforming love on.As of today we've had many foster children and inquired about many more who seek to be adopted. We've already had the middle of the night children and two that came covered in blood. We are SO thankful for your help collecting items for all ages, hobbies and backgrounds.
SCwSG celebrates National Foster Care and Adoption Month by raising awareness of the needs of children and youth served by the foster care system and our foster/adoption home outreach department.
Life is a roller coaster and we are riding it with arms stretched high! -Diane Dike, Ph.D.
"Adoption means you grew in your mommy’s heart instead of her tummy." –Author unknown
Our Foster/Adoption Home
Mission: SCwSG's Foster/Adoption home program offers a refuge for children during some of the most difficult days of their lives. We are safe place for children to heal for a short time and/or a place they can call home forever. We envision a world in which all children are valued, loved and grow up to become all they were created to be.
There are nearly half a million young people living in foster care in America. The goal is to return the children to their homes but when that is not possible they need long term care and/or adoption. It's an intense process.
Our Foster/Adoption Home
Hearts are healing. Lives are changed! When SCwSG founders, Paul and Diane found out that there are approx. 6,800 foster children in Colorado and 550 needing adoption AND that there was not a Foster Home available in their County they immediately became certified, ready to open their hearts and home.
Duties include: parental guidance/support, face to face with CASA volunteers, social workers, lawyers and guardian's, birth parents and relatives, upkeep of CPR + First Aid training, daily journals, parent training, passing background & medical checks, a bed and dresser for every child; addressing all medical and dental needs; transportation to and from activities, school, medical or therapeutic appointments; participation in treatment decisions & all meetings, creating clear and consistent behavioral boundaries, providing financial, emotional, extracurricular and educational support, providing meals, clothing, making good holiday memories... and providing a stable, consistent, culturally sensitive and nurturing home environment.