Forever Families: Foster Mom Makeovers
Mother's Day is right around the corner and for foster moms, it can be both difficult and rewarding. An Austin salon opened its doors to celebrate all that foster moms do for Central Texas children in need.
On Monday, the Brian Charles Salon in Steiner Ranch buzzes with the latest beauty treatments and a bevy of clients.
"It's just the perfect time of year to really step back and say we're going to give back and help," said Co-Owner Jon Gray. Gray says he knows firsthand the difference it can make when someone steps into an at-risk situation and says I'm here to help.
Each woman in the salon on this particular day, is a foster mom nominated to have a day of pampering.
"That's what hairdressers do at the end of the day. We make people feel good about themselves and for all these moms, it's good to let them have the chance," said Co-Owner and Senior Stylist Ric Salvadalena.
Patricia Murphy started as a volunteer at a children's home.
"The more I learned about the stories and lives of these children, the more I was compelled to get involved," said Murphy.
Patricia now fosters a 16-year-old girl and her 1-year-old baby.
"She's just an incredible mom and a hard-working girl," said Murphy. "It's her Mother's Day too and teaching her to be a good mom to her 1-year-old," she said.
Ana Marisa Militano is getting the grey "sparkles" as she calls them, a color treatment.
"Like they say, it takes a village to raise children. This company is giving back in that way and helping me," said Militano.
She is now on the road to adoption with her 5-year-old foster daughter.
"I signed up to be a foster parent and my conversation with God was if you need me to be a forever parent, let me know," she said.
Their outward transformation shines just as bright as the love they have inside to give to kids in Central Texas.
"You don't have to have a biological child to be a mother. It is something that so many children need," said Militano.