For process engineer Dan Snyder, giving back isn’t an extracurricular activity – it permeates every aspect of his life. Starting in 2016, he and his wife decided to foster babies and toddlers who were removed from their families of origin. While fostering a child who often has numerous emotional and developmental difficulties poses various challenges, it also brings new meaning to the word family.
Snyder and his wife live in Anacortes, WA and have fostered three children so far with the support of Fostering Together, an organization that’s dedicated to identifying and supporting foster families in Western Washington.
“Early on in our marriage, my wife and I discussed the possibility of fostering,” said Snyder. “After we had our first biological daughter (she’s now three), we knew we wanted to give other children a chance to grow and thrive – and ultimately give them a shot at a far better life than the one they entered the world in. We can also serve as their voice when others have let them down.”