Bernie and Marvel Mayotte
By the time the couple reached retirement age, Bernie says, "it was too quiet" around the house, one reason they chose to do foster care. The Mayottes "are some of the most humble, giving, and unselfish people I know," says Gregory Pordon of DHS. Foster parents of young children are reimbursed about $17 a day by the state. "This is something you don't do for the money," Marvel says. "You do it for the love in your heart for kids."
Bernie gets up from the couch to warm a bottle for the toddler and put her in her playpen. "We're really going to miss her," Marvel says, though the couple who hope to adopt her are "going to let us be grandparents." The Mayottes keep in touch with several of their former foster kids-all of whom have been successfully adopted-going to birthday parties and exchanging Christmas cards.
The Mayottes say they plan to continue foster parenting as long as they're healthy and mobile. As kids move to new homes, they sometimes experience a short break with no kids at the house. When that happens, Marvel says, "Bernie will say, 'Gee, do you think we should call?'" DHS about getting another child.