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#WATWB: Caring for 600 Foster Children Over Fifty Years


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Linda Herring, and her husband, Bob, provided foster care for over 600 children in nearly fifty years.  They mostly took in children with special medical needs and would often take calls and go pick up a children in the middle of the night. One of the comforts Linda provided was to make sure every new child had a professional photograph hanging on their living room wall.

When Linda first started fostering children in the 1970s, she was running a home daycare and working as a high school custodian. She also volunteered as a first responder for much of her life.  One of the things that drew me to this story is remembering how much energy it took to raise my two children. I know Linda and Bob had help, but what a labor of love!

Linda is now 75 and has decided to stop fostering children due to her own health concerns. She was recently recognized for her service in her state of Iowa.

You can read more about Linda Herring in this article from the Good News Network.

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Author: JoAnna

An open minded, tree-hugging Jesus follower, former counselor, and life-long lover of animals, I'm returning to my creative roots and have published my first book: Trust the Timing, A Memoir of Finding Love Again as well as the short version: From Loneliness to Love.

18 thoughts on “#WATWB: Caring for 600 Foster Children Over Fifty Years

  1. That’s amazing. What wonderful people.

  2. An amazing couple with a big heart!

  3. I can’t even imagine…600 kids. Their hearts must have been overfilled with love and compassion.

  4. An extraordinary story — and a wonderful antidote to the news and gossip and speculation with which most of our media is obsessed. Thank you for sharing it.

  5. That’s amazing, to foster so many kids, especially ones with special needs! Linda and Bob have done a great service to the world.

  6. I know that taking care of children with special medical needs is a lot of patience, hard work and love. Kudos to Linda and Bill for making lives more lovable and livable for so many kids. We need more people like them. ♥

  7. Such life of love and service to mankind. A noble and kind woman indeed. Raising kids is not easy! Thank you for supporting #WATWB

  8. Wow! Thank you for sharing this… shows how awesome some people are…

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