Every day in the United States, more than 450,000 children are in foster care yet there are not enough loving homes for all the children in need of care. Children and teens enter foster care through no fault of their own, because they have been abused, neglected, or abandoned and are unable to continue living safely with their families. However, there is a growing shortage of foster homes across the country. This is attributed, in part, to the increase of children being removed from biological parents as a result of their drug use. The opioid crisis has resulted in a tremendous surge in the number of children in need of fostering yet, there has been a national decrease in the number of adults who will open their heart and their home despite the growing need.
Foster parenting is a tremendous way to be a part of your community to provide children and youth with a greater future. Fostering also lifts up a child and shows them that there is hope for their future. Ask any foster parent and they will tell you that it can be incredibly challenging. However, it can also be the most rewarding job a person has in their lifetime. Lives are changed for the better, not only for the child, but for the foster parent, as well. Ultimately, fostering enables a child to have a place called home.
At HopeWell, we know that it takes a loving adult willing to open their heart and home to children in need of a place to call “home”. Our foster parents are superstars who work tirelessly to support the children and teens in their care. Working in partnership with our staff, our foster parents devote tremendous energy, effort and love to give a child a home.
Meet Elva and Kathy, two of our loving, long-term foster parents. Listen to Kathy who has fostered more than 200 children and teens while Elva tells us about why she has fostered children for more than 20 years. Elva and Kathy want to share their journey with you.
Listen to their stories and call us today. Learn more about fostering by calling us at 1.800.592.0400.