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We Love our Foster Parents!!

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May is National Foster Care Month; let’s all take a minute to appreciate all of the foster parents and individuals who contribute to helping out with the safety and welfare of children who are currently in out foster care system!  It’s always very important to honor, unite, and celebrate families who are providing foster care to children and youth in need.  

According to Childrensrights.org “On any given day, there are approximately 415,000 children in foster care in the United States.  In 2014, over 650,000 children spent time in U.S foster care.  On average, children remain in state care for nearly two years and seven parents of children in foster care have languished there for five or more years.  In 2014, more than 22,000 young people aged out of foster care without permanent families.  Research has shown that those who leave care without being linked to forever families have a higher likelihood than youth in the general population to experience homelessness, unemployment and incarceration as adults.”  There are many children who are in foster care and are in need of a forever family.  Just in Michigan there is approximately 14,000 children in general foster care.  Approximately 3,000 of those children will become legally free for adoption.

If you are currently a foster parent to a child or youth there are many resources available to you.  Some of these resources include: 

Resource Families Partnering with Birth Families (http://www.ifapa.org/pdf_docs/ResourceParentsPartneringWithBirthParents.pdf),

Completing the Circle: Uncovering, Discovering & Creating Connections for Your Foster and Adoptive Children (http://www.ifapa.org/pdf_docs/CompletingtheCircle.pdf),

The foster Parenting Manual: A Practical Guide to Creating a Loving, Safe, and Stable Home (https://library.childwelfare.gov/cwig/ws/library/docs/gateway/Record?w=NATIVE%28%27AUTHORS+ph+like+%27%27DeGarmo%27%27+AND+YEAR+%3D+2013%27%29&upp=0&order=native%28%27year%2FDescend%27%29&rpp=25&r=1&m=1&), and

NFPA-The National Voice of Foster Parents  (http://nfpaonline.org/resource).  If you are in search of specific topics and or information regarding foster care please reach out to Hands Across The Water we would be happy to assist you. 

If you are not providing foster care to children or youth, there are still ways that you can play a huge part in enhancing the lives of children and youth that are currently in foster care.  Some ways that you can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care include;  becoming a mentor, volunteering (Big Brothers Big Sisters), conducting a clothing drive, providing placement bags for children in foster care, or becoming a CASA (Court Appointment Special Advocate).  These are just a few of the things you can do to help enhance the lives of these children. 

 We need everyone’s help to provide safe, nurturing homes for these children and youth.  If you are interested in foster care or adoption contact Hands Across The Water! 734-477-0135 or info@hatw.org.

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