Year of Mercy: Foster Care Crisis in California

The phone always seemed to ring in the middle of night. “Can you take just one more? It will just be for one night.” The answer was always yes then cookies and milk was set out.

The children were often petrified when they arrived at the door.  But a loving smile, a nice bed, clean pajamas and a bedtime story calmed their fears.

Jan Potts, a parishioner at St. Charles of Borromeo in Livermore, was just out of college and working for Social Services of Shasta County when she met two elderly widows who faithfully accepted foster children on that critical first night. Their kind acts had a lasting effect on Jan...

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