Entrance into foster care is a traumatic experience. Having already endured the pain of abuse or neglect, youth in foster care now endure the added confusion of being removed from the only social network they know.
During this transition, youth in care need a family willing to welcome them into their heart and home. They need a refuge of love, nurture, and support while their parent/s get the help they need. This is what foster care is all about.
Unfortunately, the need for committed foster families is not being met. Throughout New England, there is an urgent, crisis-level shortage of such families. Consequently, many children in foster care end up in group homes, many of them bounce from foster home to foster home, some of them are placed in overcrowded foster homes, and many age out of the system, having never achieved permanency through either reunification with their birth family or adoption.
Will you consider “creating space” in your home for a child in need? It won’t be easy. It demands some level of sacrifice and risk. But, it just may provide a life-altering bridge for one vulnerable child.
If you are indeed considering foster care, you are undoubtedly filled with a multitude of questions and uncertainties that are attached to the process. Don’t feel bad about that! Questions and hesitancy are normal and healthy! This is a big decision and an even bigger responsibility. That’s why we offer consultation services to inform you of the process, connect you with helpful resources and local agencies, and, of course, answer all of your questions. Should you decide to pursue foster care, we can continue to support you along your journey! If you would like a foster care consultation, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org!