Knowing and Respecting Families

June 19, 2020

To the staff who take care of my children,

I picked up my children and saw a “bow-tie” that Clay had made and thought, ‘Oh no, Sunday is Father’s Day!’ As most of you know, Clay and Allison’s father is not in their life. Since both children are so young and not able to understand why Daddy is not around, it is a very hard subject to talk about. My dad is the only male figure in the children’s lives. Saturday, Clay came up to me and asked, “Mommy, where is my lunchbox? I made a bow-tie for Poppy (his grandfather) for Father’s Day.” What a relief! Shortly after that, I emptied the children’s backpacks to wash their blankets and found two pictures Allison made for Father’s Day…one for me and one for Poppy. I was brought to tears (happy tears)! I was in complete awe and amazement! The fact that you all took the time to make unique Father’s Day gifts for their situation and take care when speaking about who the gifts would go to is appreciated so much! Thank you for all you do for my children, teaching them, helping them grow and, most importantly, caring. You all are truly amazing and having you here makes the world a better place! It is a pleasure working with you and I feel 100% safe having my children in your care. Once again, thank you so much!

–Lisa Carlton, Clay and Allison’s mom

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