Big Country Foster Parents Needed

Big Country Foster Parents Needed

By Larry Fitzgerald

 

 

 

Foster care and adoption can be one of the most rewardingexperiences in the life of a Texan. Despite this, experts say there’s always ashortage of foster parents. While many people understand the urgent need forfoster parents, the number of people who actually commit to becoming a fosterparent is very small. Manypeople feel that they cannot become involved in foster care because they do nothave a degree in psychology. The fact is, training is available for adults over21. A qualified foster care and adoption agency can advise you on this. Mostpeople do not find the training to be difficult. {{more}} Accordingto the most recent statistics from the U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services,400,540 children need foster care adoption in the U.S. Of that number, 104,236were waiting for foster parents. Last year approximately 30,000 Texas childrenneeded foster care. Oneexpert on foster care and adoption is Aaron Blake. Besides being an employee ofNew Horizons , he is also afoster parent – adopting several children. Accordingto Blake, foster parenting is filled with opportunities and challenges.Fostering is an opportunity to care for and to love children that benefitgreatly from your support and example. Foster parents change lives one child ata time. Fostering is investing in the future of our children, one child at atime. While it doesn’t cover all the cost, the state of Texas does providefinancial reimbursement for the cost of caring for foster children. “Asa foster parent myself, I have found foster care and adoption to providerewards far greater that what it costs. The love you feel for your children issomething money can’t buy,” Blake said. Formore information about foster care and adoption, contact Aaron Blake at325-260-4166. Sources http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/cb/stats_research/afcars/tar/report19.pdf http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/About/Data_Books_and_Annual_Reports/2009/default.asp http://www.dfps.state.tx.us/documents/about/Data_Books_and_Annual_Reports/2011/DataBook11.pdf