All children deserve a safe, happy life — including the more than 400,000 American youth in foster care. 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.
Each May, we salute the compassionate people who make a difference by serving as foster parents. Thanks to these unsung heroes, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens will either safely reunite with their parents or be adopted by loving families.
Most communities across the country are urgently seeking more everyday people to help these youth overcome their troubled childhoods and realize their full potential. No matter what their age, every young person in foster care benefits from a meaningful connection to a caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in his or her life.
The number and diversity of people who were once in foster care might surprise you. In fact, there are an estimated 12 million foster care alumni in the U.S. representing all walks of life. Behind this startling statistic are countless stories of children who grew up to be thriving adults while others struggled with life’s challenges all alone. The difference between triumph and tragedy is very clear. Success stories come about when someone takes the time to offer comfort, provide support, give advice, or simply share a milestone moment with a youngster enduring a difficult family situation.
Scioto County Children Services will be hosting a banquet in appreciation of their foster parents on May 24. These special individuals have opened their homes and their hearts to abused and neglected children in our community. We are thankful for their dedication and for the services they provide.
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. For more information on how to become a foster parent, please call Scioto County Children Services at 740-456-4164 today.