May is National Foster Care Month, a time to call community attention to the needs of children who are in foster care. In Illinois, there are more than 20,000 children who are in foster care. Unfortunately, there are an inadequate number of foster families to care for them. We need more foster parents in every community, especially parents who are willing to care for children with complex needs, sibling groups and older teens.
As a foster parent with Lutheran Child and Family Services of Illinois for the past two and a half years, I understand the challenges and joys that come with fostering. Foster families open their homes and hearts with love and care, provide guidance, and ensure a safe and stable environment where children can grow and learn. We also support the children’s family connections and work to reunite the family when possible. Yes, it’s hard, but the rewards of seeing a child flourish outweigh everything else.
Becoming a foster parent is one of the most powerful ways to change the life of a child. If you’re not able to foster, there are other ways to help. It can be as simple as asking about the foster care needs in your community and reaching out to help. The first step is getting the word out to the public about our tremendous need for support of children in care.
Today, I ask you to consider how you can make a difference in the life of a child or family in your community.
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May 1, 2023 at 05:35PM