Host families are one of the best solutions for cases where a family cannot take care of their child. Through this formula, it is possible to give the child a safe environment in which to develop.
However, the solution is only temporary, the children remain with these foster families until normality returns to their families and they can go back to living with their biological parents, grandparents, or other relatives.
To fulfill this function, as mentioned Uppersthere are families, such as the one formed by Marta and Luis, who are available 24 hours a day for emergencies (one of the methods of the system which lasts a maximum of six months).
The reason why reception lasts only six months is because during that period the situation of the minor and the family environment are diagnosed to decide on the most appropriate resource for each case.
This makes Marta and Luis count 54 adopted children since they joined the system. Their goal is none other than to ensure that each of the minors feels comfortable and loved.
However, Marta and Luis’ house is only a transitional space. The process is usually based on three phases: adaptation, consolidated coexistence, and farewell.
The last moment, that of farewell, is fundamental. Both adoptive parents feel sad to have to say goodbye to a minor who has been part of their daily life for six months. Both Luis and Marta, however, try to present it as a party to celebrate the fact that the child will be able to reunite with his biological family after six months.
After experiencing 54 goodbyes, these emergency carers emphasize that the most rewarding thing in that moment is to feel the satisfaction that the child felt loved and cared for in that moment of transition for him or her.