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May is Foster Care Awareness Month

Many people know of foster care, but few really understand how the system works, the role of the foster parents and most importantly, the experience of the children and youth in care.

More than 6,800 Kentucky children and youth are in out-of-home care. Most are  placed in temporary foster care due to parental neglect or abuse. The average age of a child in care is 10.7 years.

More than 73 percent of the children/youth in care are white; 19.3 percent are black and 4.3 percent are Hispanic.
Of the children in care, 50.7 percent are male; 49.3 percent are female. The average length of stay for children in care is 25.5 months. More than 32 percent of the children in care range in age from 12 to 18 and most just want a place where they belong, where they feel secure.

Is foster parenting easy?  No. Is it for everyone?  No. Will you make a lot of money foster parenting?  No.
What you will get is the deep satisfaction of knowing you made a difference in a child’s life – whether the child is 5 or 15. Your actions may be the ones that turn his or her life around.

There is an urgent need for qualified foster parents, especially those who can accept a sibling group of two or more children. To learn more, call 866-485-0722. Help make a difference in a child’s life.
Jerianne Strange
New Beginnings Family Services