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A Safe Landing Place

In October 2017, I had the privilege meeting with a special young couple, Isaac and Patricia Johnson*. Married just two years and only in their early 30s but compelled by their own life experiences, they had a desire to help at-risk foster children and youth. In their words, “We want to take the children that others won’t.” After five months of paperwork, training and completing the formal assessment process with an agency social worker, by early February 2018 they were approved as resource parents. Less than an hour later, they received their first placement referral call. Although never having experienced being a parent, they said ‘yes’ to 11 and 9 year-old siblings, Amy and Michelle. The Johnsons were able to keep Amy and Michelle in the school they were attending, ensuring that their academic and social needs would remain stable. They have also been very supportive of the children’s continued contact with their parents and several extended family members.