When Alesia Fowler’s 4-year old foster son got in trouble at preschool, Alexia sat him close to her until he had calmed down – a therapeutic technique called “time-in” – and then began to talk. She asked if something was bothering him. “At first he said no,” Alesia said. “Then he was able to process what was making him act and react in a negative way . . . He said he was afraid of losing us. I reminded him, ‘I will love you forever,’ just to reassure him,” said Alisia.
Alesia and her husband, Steve Fowler, are part of Yellowstone’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program and took in a brother and sister at ages 18 months and 2 1/2, diagnosed with serious emotional problems. The Fowlers thought it would be a short-term placement, but are in the process of adopting both children, now ages 3 and 4.
Kim Chouinard, Executive Director of YBGR Community Based Services, praises couples like the Fowlers for opening their homes and hearts to some of the most emotionally fragile children. “They come with many challenges,” Chouinard said of foster children, “but over time they can start to emotionally reattach. It takes those heroes to get through the storm with them. The other side of that storm is pretty magical.”
To read the full story about the Fowlers, please visit the Billings Gazette. To learn more about Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch’s Therapeutic Foster Care Program, contact Tracey Lujan at 406-222-6490.