With six-thousand children in out-of-home placement, including– at times– its own waiting room, Philadelphia’s Department of Human Services really appreciates foster parents. The Department recognized their contribution at a ceremony last week in City Hall.
“We’re just normal people like everybody else,” said Tammy Evans. Her and husband Dave Evans are parents of seven children, all adopted from the child welfare system. The couple also fosters four more. Tammy and Dave Evans are nothing short of heroic. They’ve taken babies from Infant Intensive Care, children who’ve been abused and, as DHS acting commissioner Jessica Shapiro said in honoring them.
“They have created a loving and diverse family that is beautiful both inside and out,” Shapiro said.
Kevin Harper is the author of the upcoming book Foster Parenting Teens, and a foster care speaker, trainer, and mentor with Family Resource & Training Center. His daughter Saty Cornelius just released a book about the experiences of foster teens called More to Me, available on Amazon. Connect with Kevin on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter @fosterbetter.