Being open to fostering

by Intisar Seraaj-Sabree

SFH Communication Specialist


Eureka Ford hasn’t been a foster parent with Seraaj Family Homes, Inc. (SFH) for long but she is ready to get started.

For several years, Ford has watched her brother Zollie Ford foster children.

“I saw how nurturing he was to the kids and I wanted to try it myself,” said Eureka.

With almost three decades of experience as a biological mother, Eureka is no novice to parenting and plans to use her childcare knowledge to improve the life of other children.

With her oldest son being 26 years old and her youngest being 5 years old, Eureka has parented enough and analyzed her parents’ parenting to realize what she would do differently while parenting another child.

“We kind of grew up together,” said Eureka. “I learned a lot growing up with him. [And] when I was growing up, there were certain things I didn’t agree with.”

Being a foster parent gives Eureka another chance to do parenting differently, and she’s not wasting any time.

It only took Eureka one year to become a licensed foster parent, with the help of SFH’s Group Preparation & Selection (GPS) classes. GPS classes educate potential foster parents about what they might deal with as foster parents and how to deal with certain circumstances professionally.

From these courses, Eureka discovered that one of her parenting strengths is teaching youth in foster care about everyday care (independent living skills) such as how to cook and do laundry.

However, even after these classes Eureka was a bit apprehensive because she wasn’t completely clear [about the fostering process], according to Lacy Oloyede, SFH’s Marketing and Recruitment Coordinator for Towson, Maryland.

After encouragement from Oloyede, Eureka decided to follow her own advice for others who are thinking about fostering, which is to “be open, try it, and see if fostering is for you.”

So far, Eureka has fostered one child, and she is open to fostering more.