What makes people want to share their home and their hearts, no matter how simple and humble their life and dwelling place might be? Marcial and Josie Basilan, married for 30 years, have been doing just that. They have been a KBF Licensed Subsidized Foster Family for the past 16 years. To-date, they have opened their home to 28 foster children, sometimes two at a time. Those blessed children have been adopted here and abroad.
Marcial, a carpenter and Josie, a housewife, have two adult biological children and a new grandchild. They were inspired to become foster parents 16 years ago, after seeing their neighbor foster several children. Life has not always been easy for them, but throughout the difficulties, their marriage has remained stable and strong. They are God-fearing and value love, respect and stability in their home—important qualities that KBF looks for in choosing foster families.
Marcial and Josie’s lives have been enriched by many meaningful and memorable experiences of fostering children. But they also know that each child that they care for and grow to love, will eventually have to move on. Nevertheless, the couple has learned to overcome their sadness when it is time to hand their foster child over to their adoptive families, knowing that there are more children needing a temporary family, and their open hearts and home are ready to take them in.
What is Foster Care?
When it is not possible for a child to be cared for by his or her biological mother or family, Foster Care offers the next best alternative. Foster Care provides a temporary family environment while the child is awaiting reunification with his/her family or permanent placement with an adoptive family. It ensures that the child receives the individualized care, attention and stimulation needed for the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual development so crucial to his/her development from birth onwards.
How can we become foster parents?
If you are interested in becoming a Licensed Foster Family (whether subsidized or volunteer), please contact Kaisahang Buhay Foundation, #56 10th Avenue, Cubao, Quezon City at Tel. Nos. (+632) 9121159 or (+632) 9131469.