NEWS RELEASE--FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Date: May 5, 2014
Contact: Niki Forbing-Orr
Public Information Officer
Help celebrate Idaho’s foster parents on Saturday and fill the need for foster homes in the state
We ask a lot of our foster parents. We ask that they agree to be a potentially temporary safe place for children whose families are in crisis. We also ask them to consider becoming a permanent home for those children, if the need arises. Doing both can be a very difficult and emotionally challenging role to fill.
But it’s a role that some Idahoans, including Sean and Kim Corey, choose. The opportunity to watch the children in their care grow and establish self-confidence has been “super rewarding,” Kim said. “Consider the lifelong impact you could have on a child in crisis and ask yourself, what are you going to leave in this world?”
To acknowledge and appreciate the amazing work of Treasure Valley foster parents, a celebration is planned from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, May 10, at the Ten Mile Christian Church, 3500 W. Franklin Road, Meridian. Volunteers will serve up a free pancake breakfast as well as perform a puppet show and offer drawings for prizes.
“Foster children and adopted children are our future,” said Sabrina Brown, child welfare program specialist for foster care recruitment and One Church One Child. “Their success can be attributed to supportive foster and adoptive parents who believe in their potential. There are challenges to caring for the children in foster care, but as a community we must strengthen our supportive network in caring for children who have experienced trauma. Their success is ours!”
Saturday’s event will include information for Idaho families who are thinking of becoming foster parents, which the state desperately needs. With more than 1,200 Idaho children in foster care because of abuse, neglect or family crisis, there is a constant need for foster and/or adoptive parents across the state. In the Treasure Valley alone, more than 600 children are in foster care.
The Department of Health and Welfare works with One Church One Child (OCOC) of Idaho, which strives to build partnerships between the department, communities of faith and other invested partners working together to improve outcomes for children in foster care. OCOC recruits foster and adoptive families, provides and coordinates support for adoptive and foster families through various resources, and mobilizes communities of faith to provide for the needs of children in foster care.
For more information about becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please call the Idaho CareLine at 2-1-1 or visit www.FosterCare.dhw.idaho.gov.