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Kelly and Rob Peterson became foster parents nearly 10 years ago. In that time they have cared for several children and even adopted three young girls, including 10-year-old Adalicia. Adalicia was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 4 and Kelly shared, "that was kind of the deciding factor, that her birth mom wouldn't be able to care for her any longer." While the Petersons have helped Adalicia manager her type 1 diabetes, there were challenges. 

"Few people feel comfortable taking care of a child with type 1 diabetes.”

- Kelly Peterson

Adalicia, pictured far left, often had to stay home while her siblings were free to visit with friends. Few people felt comfortable caring for a child with type 1 diabetes. Kelly and Rob knew that Adalicia wanted to have more freedom to do things on her own, but they didn't have many options. With nowhere else to turn, they reached out to Kara Witthuhn, US Foster Support Program Lead for Kingdom Workers, hoping for a miracle.

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The mother-daughter team helping the Petersons

When Kara reached out to Tara and Samantha for help, they both knew it was a perfect opportunity to serve a family in their community. Samantha, a junior nursing student at Wisconsin Lutheran College, was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at age 6. She and her mom know all about the challenges and difficulties that are part of living with type 1 diabetes. 

 

How they support the Peterson family

Providing mentorship

Samantha knows what it is like to live with type 1 diabetes. When she and Adalicia spend time together their conversations help to normalize living with diabetes. Samantha shared, "Instead of just asking for her blood sugar number and moving on we can compare our numbers. It makes it feel like living with type 1 is a normal experience."

Offering encouragement

Sometimes support is as simple as calling to see how everyone is doing. Tara frequently checks in on Kelly, Rob, Adalicia, and the rest of the family. Kelly shared that, "Just knowing that she is praying for us is a blessing." 

Creating memories

When Adalicia spends time with Tara and Samantha she gets to do things she enjoys. "I like when we go to Bay Beach," shared Adalicia. There's no shortage of fun activities, together they have visited Bay Beach, various coffee shops for hot cocoa, and even explored a few nature parks. And since Adalicia is with people who know and understand how to manage type 1 diabetes, Kelly and Rob know she is in good hands.

What foster parents are saying

"We just feel so loved that someone would do this for us. We think it’s so cool that there are people who want to do that. It’s really the little things that make a big difference."

- Kelly Peterson

“I have so appreciated their help. These girls have such a willing and helpful spirit.”

- Gerane Sprugin

"This was such a positive encouragement and help to us. We would love for others to benefit from your program. It made such a difference."

- Tricia and John

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Rob and Kelly Peterson with their daughter Adalicia.

Rob and Kelly Peterson with their daughter Adalicia.

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Foster parents Kelly and Rob Peterson offer their home as a safe place where foster children can recover. With the help of their foster support volunteers, they have created a space where hurting kids can experience the healing power of God’s love and acceptance.

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