To the editor:
May is National Foster Care Month and it is time for our community to recognize the special families that open their hearts and homes to children in need. There are more than 513,000 American children in foster care; 17,000 of these children are in Michigan.
Foster parents provide not only for the needs of children, but also work with agencies, courts, birth parents and other service providers as a part of team to remedy the problems in the family that brought the child into care.
Being a foster parent is not an easy job, and is often thankless. However, the foster families are committed to supporting the most vulnerable children by providing a temporary, safe home to nurture the child while families rebuild for reunification.
Recruitment and retention of foster families in our community is an ongoing effort by Foster Family Support Services - a program of Good Will Farm, the Department of Human Services and other private agencies.
Foster parents are needed for children with special needs, older children and homes for sibling groups. We have an increased number of foster homes in our area but there is always a need for more.
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The more homes that are available for fostering, the better fit these agencies can make for a child's placement.
Foster parents do this important work for many reasons: some are interested in adopting, some are taking care of a relative child, some work with teens, while others want to care for younger children. Whatever the reason, foster parents are meeting the need of children and families in crisis.
Foster Family Support Services would like to thank these unsung heroes. Because of their care, neglected or abused children and teens can be safely united with their parents, be cared for by relatives, be adopted by loving families and/or make a successful transition to independent living.
No matter how much time you have to give, you have the power to do something positive that will change a lifetime for a young person in foster care. We urge you to get involved, volunteer, be a mentor, serve as a foster parent or advocate for children.
For more information about fostering, please call or email Good Will Farm Foster Family Support Services at 906-487-9832 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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