GILBERT, W.Va. – From an early age Destinee Cline knew what she wanted to do with her life, she knew she wanted to make a difference in someone else’s life.
Destinee was raised with a history of drugs in her family and at the age of 16 she left the lifestyle she was brought up in and moved in with her youth pastor.
“I had people who loved me, people who were no relation to me, they were there for all the milestones in my high school life, someone who picked up the parent role, senior breakfast, graduation and so on, ” said Cline.
In order to make the difference she wanted to make, Cline who is a well-known beautician in Gilbert is married to Brandon Cline a teacher at Mingo Central High School decided to become foster parents.
Destinee was a little apprehensive about going through the process, even though she knew in her heart she wanted to foster, she was unsure if she could actually do it. The Clines actually looked into the process twice before following through on the third time and now they have no regrets.
“I have compassion for the parents also, just because a person has a drug problem, that doesn’t mean they are a bad parent,” Cline said.
Destinee and Brandon foster through NECCO and Destinee highly recommends anyone wanting to foster to contact them, they work well with people, they have a great support system, whether you need them day or night they are there to answer your questions or even come to you if you need them.
Cline said, “Some people didn’t understand at first why I wanted to do this, why I wanted to put myself out there, to be hurt, but I think God expects selfless love, and when you decide to foster it is very unselfless.”
Destinee knows the need for foster parents is high and she hopes to start with the Gilbert area and spread the word about the need. Cline said since she started fostering and has put her journey out there on social media she has been contacted by 20 or more people asking about the process.
Kendra Mahon is a reporter for the Williamson Daily News, she can be contacted at [email protected] or 304-235-4242 ext 2278.