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Personally, my puny mind can scarcely comprehend that such a thing even happens: that parents lose custody of their babies, and there are foster mothers take in the wee ones while their parents get straightened out. But it happens, and Daffodil Campbell is one of these foster mothers. She writes on her blog, Adventures in Paradise, about her experiences fostering babies, and attempts to answer the question she says she gets all the time: "How do you give them back?"
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Already a mother of two, Campbell breezily writes about how these babies are an antidote to her periodical bouts of baby fever, during which she forgets about the sleepless nights and endless diapers and starts thinking up names. And she writes about how she loves those babies, while she has them, with all the love she has to give. "Every child deserves to be someone's priority. Being a foster parent is being the one person in the world who puts this child first...I don't love them part time, I love them all the time. Even at 3am, when I would much rather be sleeping. And I don't know how anyone could feel any differently."
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It's brain-bustingly sad that there are babies whose parents are truly unable to take care of them, but just knowing that there is such a person as this loving, nurturing foster mother, that we live in a world where strangers will help your child if you cannot--it makes the world seem a benevolent place, after all.
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