Nurturing while harnessing a natural desire to help is a lifelong gift. Parenting for the long game is seeing children as adults-in-training and teaching gradually toward the idea of independence.
Some people are able to become foster parents. But, if not, then you can become a babysitter or respite provider for them. If you can’t do that, consider becoming a CASA volunteer. If that’s too much, move toward the need by becoming wrap-around care to families in crisis, foster families, and adoptive parents.
Celebrate the birthday kiddos with hand-drawn greetings from friends using sidewalk chalk. Neighborhood friends can create chalked greetings in front of their home so that the birthday can be celebrated with a “chalk-walk” through the neighborhood to see all the messages.