Foster care is desperately needed
CYFD is pleading with Valencia County residents to open their homes and their hearts to children in need of foster care.
About 200 children are in need of temporary foster homes, but there are only 15 foster families in the county. The need for foster families is great, and we encourage those who are willing to become foster parents to at least seriously explore the idea of helping these children.
We understand that being a foster parent is a sacrifice most people can’t undertake. It’s an important and life-changing decision. But these children, most of whom are in need of a safe and loving home, are desperate.
Diane Granito, the CYFD foster and adoptive events coordinator, said some of these children don’t know what a functional family is. And when they are taken into custody by CYFD and placed into foster care, it might be the first time someone has truly cared for their well-being.
Most of the children in the foster care system are there because they’ve been neglected, they’ve been abused. They’ve had to live a life that most of us can’t imagine. Foster parents can be their saving grace.
Because of the small amount of foster families in Valencia County, most of these children are sent out of the county. Not only are these children taken from the only homes and parents they’ve ever known, they are also being forced to live outside of their communities.
CYFD is asking for everyone’s help. They want to talk with working families, non-traditional families, older people, single people, gay people, families with their own children and families with no children.
While the ultimate goal is to reunify children with their parents, foster families are there to help in the transition. Foster families are not only there to provide support and act as a safety-net, but they are people who give these children something that they may have never had — love.
The decision of becoming a foster parent is a tough one. It involves the entire family. But by giving of yourself and your home, you can make a world of difference to a child in need.