SALADO, TX — A Salado family is spreading awareness about fostering children as they celebrate the adoption of two girls this Father’s Day.
Hollye and Jeff Davis have been fostering children for the past five years.
“It was very rewarding,” said Hollye Davis. They welcomed Pyper and Gabby into their home recently. Over time, the girl’s biological parents wanted them to have a better life so they relinquished their guardianship rights. The couple, along with their son Casey, wanted to give Gabby and Pyper their forever home.
The Davis family hosted a foster awareness and adoption celebration to mark the occasion. The free bash kept families busy with a petting zoo, bounce houses, face painting, snow cones, and legos. The event also opened up the conversation about fostering.
David Jackson celebrated his first Father’s Day after adopting four girls last August. He brought his family to the event.
“I really feel like we have a family now, which is something we wanted to do for a long time,” said Jackson.
The Davis family says that there is a stigma surrounding foster care.
“They think that they are horrible kids and that they’re going to come with all these issues. Honestly, out of the nine kids that we’ve had they all taught us something,” said Hollye Davis. “Every kid that came to us was loved like it was our own child,” she continued.
Father’s Day can be a difficult holiday for some children in foster care.
“They really can’t celebrate their Father’s Days or Mother’s Days. We don’t really think about how they’re separated from their biological families. So I wanted to have a place where foster families could come together with the foster kids and celebrate just being together,” said Hollye Davis.
The Davis family says the foster parent requirements are simple.
“You don’t have to be the perfect family. You don’t have to have all the money in the world, or the best house, or all the cars. You just need to love the kids,” said Jeff Davis.
To learn more about how to become a foster parent, click here.