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Dan Dan's Story

Read an account from Abby, newest member to our China Training team, detailing one of her first foster family visits.

Recently our Training Team visited one of Care for Children's oldest and most established foster care projects in China. As it was my first visit, I was eagerly anticipating what I would find. We spent one day checking in with some of the project's foster families.

One of the families we visited had fostered two children, a girl and a boy. I really enjoyed talking to the teenage girl, Dan Dan. A girl of only 17, she was quite shy but gradually opened up to us as we asked her about what she was doing. Her hands were busy stitching and we found out that Dan Dan had a keen eye for cross-stitch and design. She clearly had a skill and her foster mom recognised this and how much joy it brought her.

Her foster mom was really proud of her. She explained she had encouraged Dan Dan's talent by investing in some cross-stitch design kits with various patterns. This had really fuelled her interest. She really enjoyed sitting with her foster mom and talking about her designs, and her foster mom painstakingly unpicked any wrong stitches or mistakes. Her patience and love for her foster daughter was so evident, and she proudly displayed Dan Dan's work around the room for everyone to see.

“The foster family had become a place where Dan Dan could meaningfully contribute to her home, put her own special mark on it and be reminded every day that she belongs.”

That's what I love about foster families: the attention to detail and the sensitivity of care that can be offered. That's why I love visiting the families Care for Children works with and seeing the small things that make a huge difference to a child's life. And that's why your support, no matter how large or small makes a real difference.

Your support creates changes that last a lifetime. Thank you.

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