The Foster System

Dec 01, 2017

Did you know that the foster care system has been around for thousands of years in one form or another? From ancient times, there have been parentless children in need of care. Early Christian church records show children were boarded with "worthy widows" who were paid by collections from the congregation. In 1636, less than thirty years after the founding of the Jamestown Colony, at the age of seven, Benjamin Harris Eaton became this nation's first foster child. Interestingly enough, Eaton has Colorado ties. He was an American politician, entrepreneur, and agriculturalist in the late 19th and early 20th Century, was the fourth Governor of Colorado from 1885 to 1887 (nicknamed “the farmer governor”), was a founding officer of the Greeley Colony and passed away in Greeley, Colorado on October 29, 1904, at the age of 70. The town of Eaton, Colorado is named for him.

There are many reasons and circumstances that make it difficult or impossible for biological families to care for their children, sometimes this includes the death of the parent or parents, with no suitable biological family available to step in and take over. In spite of this, there are many famous people who have been in the foster care system at one time or another, including those who have gone on to become pro athletes, authors, musicians, motivational speakers, dancers, designers, entrepreneurs, US senators, singers, and actors, and household names like the late James Dean, John Lennon, Steve Jobs, and Marilyn Monroe.

Foster kids are like any other kids, they face the same challenges other kids face growing up, but they hold dreams like other kids, too. And they need love and support to reach their goals and make those dreams come true. Becoming a foster parent should be seriously considered before a commitment is made. The impact of being in the foster system is life changing for all involved, and becoming a foster parent is a commitment of time, resources, support, emotions, and care. Foster parenting is a commitment to provide love and support for a child and family in need, at a critical and often very emotional time for both the child and the family. If you think you may wish to become a foster parent in the Colorado foster care system, we encourage you to first educate yourself on the requirements.

Kid’s Crossing is a private, non-profit, 501c3 Child Placement Agency licensed by the State of Colorado providing resources and training for foster parents. Our agency was founded by foster parents, for foster parents, and we understand the heart, commitment, and dedication required to foster a child. For more information on Colorado foster care and/or becoming a foster parent in Colorado Springs, call Kid’s Crossing at (719) 632-4569.