My name is Greta Willems .
I am 51 years old.
I have 4 boys. Three joined the family through adoption and the other gentleman arrived through foster care but we now have permanent guardianship. I have a two year old foster son and the plan is for him to move to his grandparents later this year.
My children's names are Michael (16), Jontae (15), Jack (12), and Ethan (5).
My children are of different ethnicities. With all these boys, we usually have some kind of activity going on.
I work three 12 hour shifts a week in labor and delivery at St Charles Medical Center.
We live in Bend, Oregon in a single family home in an older neighborhood. We have two dogs, Blitz and Chewbacca. Our cat is named Elsa. We also have a leopard gecko named Simba and are fostering a bearded dragon named George. We have several schools within a few mile radius. My boys are involved in several activities, including youth group, archery, Special Olympics, and Unified sports.
I started doing foster care about 17 years ago. I took a hiatus after Jack came home. Several years ago, I was asked to take in my oldest son's biological half brother and sister until they could be reunified with their father. Due to all her trauma and mental health issues, I did not feel capable of parenting their sister but Jontae joined our family at that time. While reunification did not happen, we continue to have a relationship with Jontae's dad. Since it had been over 5 years since I had a child placed in my home, I needed to retake Foundations. I decided to start doing foster care again at that time. My boys all have special needs. Between foster care, being a nurse, and our local disability support network, I have been to a lot of conferences on dealing with different abilities and issues. I have also learned to be pretty savvy at getting the services that my boys may need.