Through the eyes of a Washoe County foster parent
For one Reno woman, she's opened her home to kids needing more stability for 7 years and through her program…she's embracing a deeper meaning of family.
In Fatai Langi’s household, only three that live there are her biological kids, the other six are foster children. As she expresses, “It has changed our life in so many ways, it's given us purpose given us passion, for being here on this Earth. I can't see myself doing anything else.”
Langi and her husband started Three Angels Care back in 2012 after trying repeatedly to give birth to a girl. It’s a therapeutic foster agency that nurtures children ages 3 to 17 and trains foster families.
It works in partnership with the Washoe County Human Services Agency. The Langi family has fostered more than 20 children. Fatai says every one of them has had a successful transition after leaving her home, adding, “I promise you it’s not for everybody, but being able to stay grounded, doing research on it and understanding the need...that was the biggest thing for us.”
Three Angels Care can place children with foster families anywhere from 6 months to 4 years. Fatai adds, “We're starting to see second and third generation children coming through the system and I really feel like if we water those relationships and have resources, I think everybody will be successful.”
Washoe County has more than 450 foster families, helping to reunite hundreds of those children with relatives.
Fatai says this isn't a journey of just navigating through the system…this is a journey of support, growth and loving every young person through their ups and downs as she explains, “Family is everything. Family is support, family is love, and family is unconditional love...being able to love regardless of the things that we go through, being able to forgive.”
Family. It doesn't always fit the traditional mold, but the joys of raising children who need guidance and love…that is the biggest reward.
If you know how to operate in that spirit of unconditional love...we're family,” Fatai says.
Three Angels Care is hosting an empowerment summit Sunday November 17th at the Silver Legacy's Grand Exposition Hall. The event will have not just information on the foster program but also workforce development, educational resources and more. Admission is free. Doors open at 11 am and everything kicks off at 1 pm.
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