Everyone knows that being a parent isn’t easy. Being a foster parent is usually much harder. Imagine being a foster mother, for a child who has experienced great trauma, in the country of Cambodia. That’s a little window into the lives of some special Cambodian families.
In a country where many people are struggling to survive, taking an unrelated child into the household is a foreign concept. Still, working through local church and other networks, Hagar has managed to recruit, train and prepare more than 30 families. Most families serve children who have completed their initial healing in a Hagar recovery shelter, but have no safe biological family of their own.
Through our 19 years of experience working with children from traumatic backgrounds, we have learned that sustained recovery takes place in deep, long-term relationships. These parents provide essential services.
Here is one family’s story:
Mr. and Mrs. Hong lost five biological children, one-by-one, each dying shortly after birth. The family tragedy turned around when they began serving as a Hagar foster family in 2007. Six children from backgrounds of trafficking and other devastating circumstances have been embraced in their village home. As a result, Mr. and Mrs. Hong say they have been restored, themselves. At first, becoming a foster family was difficult, but they continually prayed and sought God’s support.
Now they say, “Being a foster family is the best experience we have ever had; we love each child from Hagar as our own.”