Cathy and Calvin Bishop, foster parent volunteers for Catholic Charities of Tennessee's Adoption Services program, were recognized on July 26, 2017 by Franklin Tomorrow for their service to the community as part of the organization's Exemplary Community Volunteer Awards event held at the Franklin Theater.
"Caring for a newborn or infant is hard work, even when the child is your own or may be related," explained Mark Barry, director of Mission Advancement for Catholic Charities. "To willingly offer to provide the level of care required when you have no familial connection with the child is an amazing gift of self."
"To provide the same level of love you gave your own children, knowing that the connection is temporary, calls for a special heart," he added. "The Bishops have that heart and have shared that gift with the children in their care."
The Bishops, lifelong Texans until their late 2011 move to Franklin to be closer to their grown daughters and their growing families, have cared for more than 15 foster newborns and infants since becoming involved with the Catholic Charities program, one for as few as five days and another for 6 months.
Caring for the foster children is very much a joint effort for the couple. The effort they put in and the love they give are very much as if the child is their own. As one daughter shared, "Whatever is going on in their lives, involves the baby." It was that way when their daughters were growing up, too.
For more information about the Adoption and Pregnancy Counseling services provided by Catholic Charities, call 615-352-3087 x-2181, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or go to the agency's website. Catholic Charities' services are available to all in the community, regardless of religious affiliation.