Fostering The Future

September 9th, 2010 at 4:45 pm by under Fostering Hope, Patrece’s Perspective, WTHI Blog

I met another AMAZING foster child today in Terre Haute. I’ll tell you more about her in November when I continue my “Fostering Hope” special series. But, I can tell you she’s been in foster homes since she was 12. She’s now 19 and attending a local university, so someday she can help other kids in her situation.

An ambitious young woman with a mind of her own. I have no doubt she will be a huge success in life. But, she credits much of her good fortune to great foster parents. She finally got into a good home that lasted 4-5 years. They gave her the structure and support she needed to stay “on the right path” and become a better person.

I talked to her foster mother and she said one simple statement that really made an impression on me. She said..”To be a good foster parent, you don’t have to be perfect. You just have to care!”.

The Wabash Valley is in such great need of GOOD foster homes. Homes that don’t have to be lavish. They just simply have to care and take in the child like they are their own. And there are too many teenagers in our community needing homes.

So, if you are thinking you might make a good foster parent, PLEASE give it serious thought! Department of Child Services would love to hear from you and they’ll tell you about the training needed to become a foster family. You’d be surprised the few hours of training needed to become a foster parent, but you can change a life forever!

Call DCS for more information. 812-244-2002 during regular business hours. Or email me and I’ll put you in touch with the right person to get your questions answered.

Thanks for listening and thanks for considering becoming a foster parent!!!


One Response to “Fostering The Future”

  1. This is a great post Patrece. So many times in the news media we hear only the rare horrific stories of the failures in the foster system. Children that “fell through the cracks”. As important as putting light on those situations is to getting them to change, its very refreshing to read about the ample positive effects that the overall system provides to the community, the children, and even the foster parents.