Though fostering a child is not all that much different from raising a child of your own, many people don’t place the same significance on it as you might think. Because of this, many foster families feel alienated, alone and isolated. We don’t believe that anyone makes foster families feel this way on purpose, but its just hard for everyone to understand what its like without first doing it themselves. This is where we come in! Unity Foster Ministries was formed by foster parents to help fill the gaps and to provide the much needed support to help local foster families have the confidence to weather the storm and continue serving our local youth in care.
We take this story to heart and each family we help is one more “starfish” that we made a difference for!
A young girl was walking along a beach upon which thousands of starfish had been washed up during a terrible storm. When she came to each starfish, she would pick it up, and throw it back into the ocean. People watched her with amusement.
She had been doing this for some time when a man approached her and said, “Little girl, why are you doing this? Look at this beach! You can’t save all these starfish. You can’t begin to make a difference!”
The girl seemed crushed, suddenly deflated. But after a few moments, she bent down, picked up another starfish, and hurled it as far as she could into the ocean. Then she looked up at the man and replied, “Well, I made a difference to that one!”
The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had done and said. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved.
— Adapted from ‘The Star Thrower’ by Loren C. Eiseley