Kalista and I went to school together. For the most part, we have been out of touch until we reconnected on good ol' Facebook. To my surprise, Kalista and her husband were blessed with a big and beautiful family - but that wasn't all. They had also decided to become Foster parents ( a term Kalista isn't particularly fond of) to children in Saskatoon.
For months I've read her stories about the highs and lows on opening her home to multiple babies, and after a while it wasn't enough for me to comment on her posts and occasionally send her a DM praising her humanitarian work.
I wanted to know her story....and share it.
Typically I've only made these interviews 30 mins tops, but I couldn't stop talking to Kalista. I'll be honest with you folks....I was holding back tears during the entire interview. Kalista reeeeeaaaallly got me deep in my feelings.
You could feel her love and Mama fierceness through the screen and I wanted her to say everything she needed to about Foster care and why more people should consider it.
We talked for 55 minutes. Seriously, we could have gone on for another hour or two.
So I ask you to watch both of these videos. If you could binge watch 9 hours of Netflix, you could watch (2) 25min interviews.
I encourage you to click the links and read more about Foster care and see how you can help.
I also encourage you to share this blog. Like Kalista said, there are so many misconceptions about Foster care. The more we talk about it, the more support, understanding, and awareness we can create.
Thank you, Kalista, for sharing your story.
Thank you for being an extraordinary human being.
Thank you for letting these children have a fair shot.
Jam Gamble - Connector of People, Ideas and Energy