Answering the Call to Be a Foster Parent

There are more than 423,000 children in foster care, according to the Administration for Children and Families. While the goal is often to reunite children with their families, some children inevitably stay in the system for many years.Four Catholic couples who are foster parents said “it’s a calling,” in an interview with National Catholic Register.

“We want them to know that there was always someone who loved them,” said Chris Caruso, a retired IT director. He and his wife, Janice, have two adult sons and have fostered 15 babies in the last 12 years.

When babies enter the foster care system, a judge determines if the children can return to their homes. Otherwise, they are placed for adoption.

Families, like the Carusos, often take newborns from the hospital and care for them until a court decides where the child will go.

“When we bring them home, they know they are in a different place and that we love them,” Janice Caruso said.