Russell and Pam Austin - Cottage 5 Houseparents
Relief Houseparents for girls
Russell and Pam are houseparents for girls. They were involved in childcare for 2 years before coming to Cherokee Home.
They hold to the Proverbs scripture that we should “train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Russ and Pam strive to teach kids that God’s love is unconditional so whether they act good or bad, He still loves them. Russ and Pam hope to treat kids in the same way, in order for God’s love to be understood.
Russ and Pam married right out of high school. They had 4 children within 5 years and now suggest that spacing children out better is a good idea! They are encouraged that by being houseparents, they will not have to suffer through the empty nest syndrome. In addition to their 4 children (1 daughter and 3 sons), they have 4 grandsons and 2 granddaughters.