The important role of a father in a child's life is undeniable. Dr. Gail Gross, a human behavior, parenting and education expert, shares in her article, "The Important Role of Dad," that fathers are central to the emotional well-being of their children. 

If a child has experienced trauma or abuse from a parent, the good news is that the damage can be reversed with love and guidance from another parent figure. Our foster parents dedicate their lives to making positive change in the lives of children in foster care. Edgar Miles has served in this important role of foster dad for six years.

We sat down with Miles to find out why being a foster parent is important to him.

Q: What motivated you to become a foster parent?
A: I love kids and can't stand to see them mistreated or without someone to care for them. I raised eight children of my own, so after they were grown I decided to become a foster parent. Children in foster care need someone to love them just like everyone else.

Q: Why do you continue to be a foster parent?
A: The more I see kids who are mistreated and hear their stories, the more I want to continue fostering.

Q: What impact would you like to have on children who live in your home?
A: I hope to teach them how to care for one another and love one another. I want them to learn how to be a family, how a family is supposed to be, and stick together through whatever trials and tribulations they experience.

While not simple work, it's a simple answer from Miles. He loves kids and doesn't want to see them mistreated.

On behalf of all of us at ACH Child and Family Services, we want to celebrate Miles and all of our foster dads out there who are dedicated, engaged and passionate about caring for children who need it most every day.

Thank you for all you do! And Happy Father's Day!