By Sheila Phibbs
The Haldimand Press
DUNNVILLE—The week of October 17 to 23, 2020 has been designated “Caregiver Appreciation Week”. To mark the occasion, the Children’s Aid Society of Haldimand and Norfolk (CASHN) is delivering gift baskets to foster and kinship care families for opening their homes and hearts. One such recipient is Ruth Anderson of Dunnville, whose decision to become a foster parent 40 years ago has made a big difference in the lives of many children.
For Anderson, becoming a foster parent was an easy choice. She says, “I just wanted a big family,” and recalls thinking “it sounds like a good thing to do.”
She and her husband Jim had two daughters when they were in full agreement to become a foster family. A social worker conducted a preliminary assessment and asked what age group they wanted. Initially, their preference was to have ‘little ones’ but their very first placement was five siblings. Since then, the most they have had at one time is three. Approximately 80 children, from infant to teen, have been welcomed into their home over the past four decades. Their own family also grew by one as Ruth and Jim adopted their third daughter.