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Meet BNFEC: Foster Parent Phyllis Green

We would love for you to meet Phyllis Green, talk about a lady filled with knowledge and stories about life. She is well traveled and lived in several places like Florida, Guam Island, and Asheville.  She has been fostering for 20 years and lives by the motto, Live and Let Live.

How would you describe your family in a sentence? We were always together. I was the middle child and a daddy’s girl.

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How long have you been married? I have been married for 22 years.  We met at a social function back in the day and I just loved the way he carried himself. He had this calm and dignified demeanor about him and boy could he sing. He has a caring heart; when we separated for a couple years, he would still look out for me and my foster children. He was always willing to help them if they needed anything.

What made you want to become a foster parent? I knew children were out there that needed help and I wanted to be that person who could help them. I’ve always wanted to have a big family

What is your favorite part about fostering?  I love when my foster children come back or when I see them being successful. Some of my children always make a point to visit me when they are in my area. Just to hear them tell me ‘thank you’ means so much to me.

What would you tell future parents that may be considering fostering? Go thru the classes and come with an open mind, except anything. You do not have to do a lot to make a child happy.

Do you have a favorite memory from your first couple of years fostering? I always said I would not want a child who was pregnant or be a foster mom to a baby, until I met Ruby. She was 14 when she was placed with me and she had a 5 day old baby. I just fell in love and her daughter is 20 now and she is like one of my grandchildren.

As a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? I wanted to be a nurse but that stopped when I had to change bed pans during training.

What do you like to do for fun or in your free time? I love to read and travel. My dad would take us all over the US when we were little, to places like the Golden Gate Bridge, Mt. Rushmore, and the Painted Desert

If you could witness any day, past, present, future, what would it be? Entering Heaven

What is the worst job you ever had? I worked in a fish factory in Deerfield, Fl. I would clean shrimp and fish all day long. I couldn’t wait to go home but the cats would follow me all the way home for the 2 months I worked there.

Aside from food, water, and shelter… what is one thing you could not live without? It’s a toss-up between my cell phone and the TV

What super power would you want to have?  Time Travel. I would like to see what the past was like without actually being a part of it.

If you knew the world was ending in 2014, what would you do differently? I would extend agape love to more people and spend more time with friends that I truly care about.

What would you name the autobiography of your life? Pieces

Finish this sentence: Family is… Everything to me. Without family, you are nothing.