The AHF Journal: Scott Teel, Foster Parent


"My wife and I have been foster parents for two years, and we foster one child at a time. The fostering process is complicated, frustrating, and rewarding—all at the same time. Behaviors are the most challenging experiences for us. These children are confused, hurting, and scared, so finding a way to make them feel safe and express their emotions while not hurting themselves or others is a challenge. At the end, watching them transform from scared and timid to happy and thriving is the most rewarding thing. 

Anna's House has been there for us in many capacities, from training and equipping us at the start of the fostering process to providing us with necessities such as diapers, toys, and clothes.

Anna's House has been there for us in many capacities, from training and equipping us at the start of the fostering process to providing us with necessities such as diapers, toys, and clothes. Shelby has been there to guide us through all our placements—educating us on the process as well as what to be concerned about and what to not worry about. She has been instrumental in helping us help these children. 

I felt like the Lord was calling us to become foster parents about ten years ago. Due to a series of life events, we weren't able to get started until about two and a half years ago, at which point we signed up for our first class and began our journey. It wasn't until we held our first little one and saw how much she depended on us that we fully understood the gravity of what we are doing. Our training helped prepare us for these children and emphasized biological family bonds. 

The most important piece of advice we have for prospective foster parents is to be prepared for anything.

The most important piece of advice we have for prospective foster parents is to be prepared for anything. Love deeply and passionately, knowing that it will hurt when these children leave. We have been blessed to have eight different children in our home. The most remarkable change occurred in a one-year-old old girl. She was so scared of males and our house is full of boys! It took about two weeks them to gain her trust. She left our home a little over a year ago. We've had her a couple of times for respite and she loves our boys are her favorite! She's three now and incredibly confident, funny, and loving! A dramatic difference from just 18 months ago!"

—Scott Teel

To learn more about becoming a foster family, visit our "About Fostering" page.