The song “Gold” by Britt Nicole is the anthem for the Beck family, “This, this is for all the girls, boys all over the world /whatever you've been told, you're worth more than gold.” It is played on car trips to Branson, Mo. and on the way to daily activities the family is involved in. The song also sums up why the Becks are great foster parents; they show their foster kids respect and love during a difficult period in that child’s life.
David and Laura Beck became foster parents in 2011 after their three daughters were in high school or college. Laura said “It felt like the right time in my life, my parents did this when I was a kid and the family has been extremely supportive.” Laura works with Kerri, Family Services Specialist at Rainbows, to make sure her foster kids have everything they need. Kerri’s job revolves around working with specialized foster families like the Becks who have foster kids with special needs. Kerri makes home visits to the Beck’s every two weeks. “Kerri gets right down to the kid’s level” said Laura. “She communicates with them really, really well. They always have a story they want to tell her.” Laura is also an employee of Rainbows as a respite care worker for over 10 years and also works as a paraprofessional in a special needs classroom in Haysville. Her mother and oldest daughter have worked at Rainbows, too.
As a foster mom it is important for her to have working relationships with the biological parents of her foster kids. What makes her so successful is that she is able to keep an open mind. Currently they have three foster children at their house, including one child who has autism. The family makes a point to keep in touch with their foster kids even after they return to the birth home. They also try not to miss any birthday parties.
The family motto is to treat their foster kids like they have their own daughters. This means a structured home with a lot of fun scheduled activities. They like to travel to Silver Dollar City as much as possible, which requires special permission to take the children out of state. The whole family also enjoys music festivals. “The last one we went to was a bluegrass festival… When we watched the show, you take off your baseball hat and I fill it with popcorn. My husband started it and it worked and we all ate popcorn,” said Laura. “It is something I will never forget and I hope they won’t either.” Fun and creative solutions to problems make the Becks a great foster family.
Recently the Becks have had to find child care for their youngest foster child. It was a heartbreaking experience. After the interview, so many centers said they weren’t capable of taking care of a child with special needs. Then she decided to try child care at Rainbows’ Kids’ Point. The last parent teacher conference was very encouraging. The lead teacher acknowledged areas that need to be worked on and where great improvements were being made. Laura knows that it is important that her foster child has the resources to get extra help and be treated equally. Their daughters also help out their foster siblings by taking them out for activities and helping them.
“Sometimes they look at me and say you aren’t my mom, but I say until the judge says otherwise you can stay with me. I will keep you safe and just love you,” said Laura.