Need is great for foster parents PDF E-mail

Dear Editor:
Teens in our community urgently and immediately need your help. They need families willing to open their hearts to provide a safe and nurturing place they can call home. May is National Foster Care Month, which recognizes foster parents while also asking loving families to embrace a child who cannot be with their caretaker at this time.

You know the importance of children venturing into the world backed by caring parents who will support and steer them down a positive path. Can you imagine how children, who lose that system of support, will face the world? When law enforcement or the courts remove abused, neglected or delinquent children and teens from their homes, they lose the only home they have ever known. No matter the circumstances in that home, removal is traumatic.

When children enter the protective custody of the Department of Health and Human Services, family members are sought out for placement. But, when a family member cannot be found they are placed in foster care. Research shows that children and teens living in a safe and nurturing home feel good about themselves and are better prepared for the future. The challenge for our community is to find citizens willing to step up and mentor and care for a child.

Foster parents are necessary to nurture and support the educational and mental health needs of teens, provide normalcy to life and serve as a role model so they learn the skills to live independently.

In our profession, it is not unusual to hear someone say, “I thought about becoming a foster parent once.” Unfortunately, too many never follow up to learn more about foster parenting. During the observance of National Foster Care Month, now is the time to find out what it takes to become a foster parent. Call Jennifer Buss at 888-537-9727. You may discover that you will gain as much from the experience as you give a child. You have the power to make a difference and change the life of a child or teen forever. Please give this serious consideration. A child’s future may depend on your decision.

Michael G. Puls, administrator
DHHS Northern Service Area
Division of Children and
Family Services

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