Lisa Roger's home smells like freshly baked cookies. Her babies are ready to dig in; Tyke especially. He is two years old and has a contagious smile. In between bites, he flashed a flawless grin in front of our camera. Why is he so happy? Is it just because he is armed with some sweets? If he knew more words, he'd likely let us know. I suspect, however, it is because he feels loved and safe. Lisa just adopted Tyke this summer. He is now part of a growing family.
Lisa has two biological children; Mike is 20 and Jen is 15. In full disclosure, Mike is our Morning Producer here at Channel 2. He is the oldest of dozens. When I caught wind of his mother's story, I had to share it. I don't know how this woman does what she does. Lisa has been a foster mom to a couple dozen children. She is primarily considered for emergency care. "Sometimes children get brought to your house at two in the morning in nothing more than a diaper and they're scared to death. Sometimes I pick them up from the hospital at NICU." The single mom has taken in many children with special needs or who are considered medically fragile. In some cases, their parents abused drugs. "None of these kids asked for any of this," she explains with tears filling her eyes. Naturally, as I sit on the couch with Lisa, mine start to water, too. Why? The question that keeps trying to come out of my mouth is, "How do you say goodbye?"
Before we get to that question, Lisa shared that she typically looks after a child for about a year. Right now she is caring for five babies. Her two older kids help, but Lisa says she is forced to keep a structured, organized schedule; although she admits things do not always go as planned. She is okay with that, as long as her little ones know they are loved. "You have to treat the children like they're your own. They can't be any different. They have to know they belong here in the home. They have to know they're safe here in the home."
Lisa has spent a lot of time studying the needs of these kids. Not only does she work full time at a behavioral health center, she also spent 25 years in the field of education. Most recently, she earned her Master's degree in Psychology - specializing in Child and Adolescent Development. How could she possibly study and write a thesis with a house full of babies? "It was crazy. Part of the reason I went back to school to get my Master's was for the children, because the more I could learn to help them with their needs - the better equipped I was."
She clearly puts her heart and soul into her family. Lisa does her best not to judge the kids' parents - especially if she wants a relationship with them later. However, she admits letting them go is the hardest part of all. "We don't say goodbye to our children. We don't say goodbye because hopefully they'll always come back." Many of them do.
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