In our church small group there is a couple who don't have any children of their own. He's in his late 30s, she's almost 30. They've spent the year going through the state licensing program for foster care so they can be a foster home.
They got a call a few weeks ago asking them if they would take a set of 3 brothers who had been split up before. A 3-year old, a 21 month old, and a 5 month old. Immediately!
They accepted and had to transform their house into a suitable home overnight. Pretty unbelievable sacrifice, she used the Family Leave Act to stay home from work for a few days to help the adjustment, and friends & family have donated equipment to them. They haven't yet received any funding from the state, and one birth mother has refused to give her WIC vouchers, so their expenses have risen significantly.
If you don't have kids you may not be able to imagine the sacrifice they've made and how their marriage is completely altered. We saw them on Tuesday and I was completely in awe. This situation might be indefinite, meaning they could end up with permanent adoption (and imagine the pain/sacrifice if the kids are eventually taken away again after they all become attached).
They are heroes. They are role models.
A hero is not someone who gets paid to hit a last-second shot, or coach a team to an upset, or take lobbyists' influence to pass a pork-laden bill. Real heroes have no arenas to get applause in, their applause comes only from heaven.