FBI Director James Comey deals with a lot of bad people – terrorists, mobsters, rapists, murderers.
To stay centered, Comey told a group of new recruits recently that he and his wife are emergency foster parents, NPR reports.
“You’re gonna get to see a lot of bad things in this work, a lot of pain you’re gonna absorb,” Comey said. “You’re gonna help a lot of people and in the course of helping them you’re going to be touched by some of the pain and suffering they’ve endured. I need you to look after yourselves.”
When asked what he does to stay centered, Comey said he and his wife have been helping foster children.
“Little boy who came to us born a month premature in a homeless shelter to a drug-addicted mother and born in very very difficult circumstances so we got him right out of the hospital,” Comey said.
The baby is doing much better and has been placed with an adoptive mom.
“And we’ve stayed very close. We’ll look after him his whole life,” Comey said. “It is absolutely true that as a foster parent that you in a lot of ways get more out of it than you put into it.”