Early this summer, Jason and I made the decision to become foster parents. We believe that all kiddos deserve love and need someone fighting for them. So, we took a leap.
We signed up to complete an eleven week certification at our local Cabinet for Health and Family Services. This course entailed surrendering our Saturday mornings, home visits, physicals, home studies, background checks, fingerprinting, and a lot of faith.
After eleven weeks of hard work, we were approved to become foster parents. We put in the work so we could extend hope to a child (or children someday) in need. Maybe you have the same desire, but are scared. Let me tell you, if we can do it, you can too!
Here are some facts that helped us make the choice:
- There are over 7,800 kids from ages of birth to 21 who are living in out of home care in Kentucky.
- Many have brothers and sisters who are also in need of care.
- They represent all races and many ethnic groups.
- Most have suffered some type of abuse/or neglect by their birth family.
- Their needs may include medical problems, physical disabilities, developmental delays or behavioral and emotional disabilities.
- Many infants who come into care have experienced prenatal exposure to drugs or alcohol.
- Most (75 percent) are able to return home when their birth families or relatives can provide appropriate care for them.
- Many utilize programs that assist them in obtaining education and job skill training after high school graduation.