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Opinion Letters Be a ‘Champion for Children’

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of children and youth in the foster care system.

Many communities are urgently seeking more everyday people to come forward to help these young people realize their full potential. 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. May is National Foster Care Month. Every state in our country has children in foster care. They belong to all of us. Now is the time to show we care.

The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved – as foster or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.With the help of dedicated people, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will either reunite safely with their parents, be cared for by relatives or be adopted by loving families. Many children would not have to enter foster care at all if more states provided support and services to help families cope with crises early on. Every year, approximately 30,000 young people leave the foster care system without lifelong families – most at age 18. On their own, these young adults must navigate a weakened economy offering fewer jobs and less support for vital services such as housing. They need – and deserve – caring adults who love and support them.

The Children’s Home, Inc. is calling upon our community to join us in helping to Change a Lifetime of a child or youth in foster care. No matter who you are or how much time you have to give, you can help create permanent, lifelong connections for these children and youth. All children deserve a safe, happy life. Young people in foster care especially need nurturing adults on their side because their own families are in crisis and unable to care for them. Whether the children you serve are part of your family for one night or a lifetime, you can make an immeasurable difference in their lives. For more information, contact The Children’s Home, Inc. at (828)349-6002 today.

Rebecca S. Barboff, LMFT-Approved Supervisor
Director/Franklin Campus
The Children's Home, Inc.





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