Ruthy Villaneuva is a Ministry Team Leader at Living Water Fellowship in Kissimmee. Ruthy and her family have recently been approved as a foster home and anticipating a placement soon. Ruthy stated that God started working in her heart about 5 years ago with what she thought was a yearning to adopt when her children started to get older.
Ruthy moved to Florida from Western Michigan. She had never had much interest in fostering, somewhat because she thought the process seemed difficult, but mostly because the need was not great so there was not much attention given to foster care where she was. When she got to Florida, she realized that there was a foster care crisis in her area. Ruthy shared that she first heard about Fostering Our Future through a heartfelt, impassioned testament of Pastor Kristy Gavern and her experience. Ruthy immediately felt drawn to be a part of Fostering Our Future. She dove right in with volunteering and in October, attended PRIDE training to start her own foster family journey. She explained that the entire process has been positive; while there have been some delays, she feels that is all in God’s plan to prepare their home and their family for what He has in store for them.
Ruthy calls the Family Support Team plan through Fostering Our Future “amazing”. She has been overwhelmed with the immediate response for support, ranging from donations to meals and even respite care, when she puts out a call for help. Even in her own journey, Ruthy found that the incredible generosity and receptiveness to help came in the form of a fire extinguisher for her home to be home- study compliant. Ruthy admitted that she never thought about the support network as a resource for pre-placement services of any kind, but was focused solely on what her needs might be after the placement of a child in their home. She learned of a need for respite care at another church and was overjoyed that one of her support families was willing to help.
Ruthy said, “Fostering Our Future is a big family and we are the Body of Christ, providing hope for children that feel hopeless”.