As most immigrants, I came to the United States full of dreams and determined to work hard for a living. I had left three children of my own back in Mexico and all my efforts were projected towards them. I never thought that I could become a foster mother and that this opportunity will change my life dramatically.
It all started after I obtained legal residency. A friend of mine who at that time was a foster mother for APM, Inc. oriented me on how to become a foster mother. I had previously heard of the many children in need of stable homes, love and attention and I was really touched and wanted to help.
At the beginning it was not an easy task, but I received a lot of support from the APM Foster Care staff. First two children out of a group of five siblings were placed in my house. Later on, I was happy to receive the remaining three. To my own surprise the children were placed for adoption and I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to adopt the five of them. Since that day I feel the most fortunate woman in the world, my house is full of love and happiness.
After adoption, I have continued being a foster mother because I love children and although it takes a lot of patience and responsibility, it is definitely rewarding.