My husband Ron and I want to promote foster care on a larger scale. This includes conversations with agencies, corporations, and governments in the hopes of educating others on tangible ways to improve the day-to-day needs of foster children. Our goal is to support the fostering vocation by promoting changes that lessen hardships on the foster family and lead to better longevity of service. All these factors will, in turn, improve the life of our country’s many foster children.
Further, we want to increase government officials’ awareness of the reasons for the tremendously high turnover rate of despondent foster parents and explain how significant financial savings would occur by keeping already-trained foster families from quitting the vocation.
We hope that by offering our suggestions we might effect change.
Not everyone wants to be a foster parent, but everyone can do something meaningful to help a foster child. Foster parents repeatedly hear, “I could never be a foster parent,” which is completely understandable. However, please do not let that stop you from learning about the foster-care system and seeing if there is an avenue for your talent! All foster families need a vast amount of solid, ongoing support. The focus should be on finding a way to help a child today, which may literally help prevent a broken adult tomorrow.