Gabby Brumfield celebrated her one year anniversary as a Foster Family Consultant at FaithBridge this past December. Before her time here, she spent more than two years working with foster children and youth as a Clinical Assistant at Ridgeview Institute and as a CPS Investigator with Forsyth County DFCS.
“My job is the best. I love seeing my kiddos light up and give me the biggest hugs when they see me. I love having close relationships with my teens to where they feel like they can talk to me about anything. I love watching these kids grow up and make tremendous strides from where they were when I met them. I love getting to cheer on their parents from the sidelines and helping them achieve their best selves. I love watching children be reunified with families who are stronger and better than ever before. And of course, I love watching as foster families and foster children become one family with the same last name. Like I said, my job is amazing.”
Gabby came to FaithBridge because she wanted to be part of the solution, not just the crisis. “At FaithBridge, we create stability for foster children when their worlds are crumbling around them. We take them in and place them with families who embrace them as their own and show them the unconditional love of Christ and the patience of Job, for however long is necessary. We have families with enormous hearts full of grace and compassion, and serving alongside them is an honor.”
She loves the sense of family that she experiences with her FaithBridge foster families. “I walk into the homes of my foster families and leave feeling truly blessed. We laugh together, we cry together, and we pray together. I couldn’t imagine my life without any of them.”
When asked how her faith intersects with her role at FaithBridge, Gabby quotes 2 Corinthians 1:4, when Paul calls for us to “comfort those in any trouble with the comfort we ourselves receive from God.”
“We all have received comfort from God in this way, so giving that same comfort to others is an amazing way to display the love of Christ. We may never understand why things happen in life, but God promises that He has a plan for all of us. This plan is not made to harm us, but to give us hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11). I find that I cling to this truth in this role as we all must recognize that God’s plan is far greater than our own, and knowing His promise helps us to find peace in whatever life brings our way.
Gabby’s home life is just as loving and exciting as her work life.
“My house is practically a zoo! My husband, Joshua, and I have two dogs- Denver (5 soon to be 6) and Charlie (1), a cat- Logan (1), and a newborn son- Caleb (3 months). Needless to say, there is never a dull moment in my family and I wouldn’t have it any other way. In my spare time, I love to take my pups to the park to play and swim. Caleb isn’t quite big enough for the park yet, so we play at home! I am a HUGE football fan. On Thursday through Monday nights, you can find me cheering on the Dawgs (UGA, course) or the Denver Broncos typically surrounded by my parents and siblings as it is one of our favorite past times. My husband and I began attending Woodstock City Church last year and fell in love with atmosphere. We started a small group last fall and it’s been an amazing growth opportunity both socially and spiritually!