May is the month when Lutheran Social Services, along with other agencies and child advocates across the nation, are raising awareness for the more than 400,000 American children and youth in foster care. May is the month to shine the spotlight on the unsung HEROES to these children – the foster parents who help them have the safe, happy lives they deserve.
In appreciation and recognition of the tremendous contributions of our Foster In Texas (FIT) parents, a simple “Thank-you” seems insufficient. But Foster Care Month does give us one more opportunity to let them know how very much we appreciate all they do to help these children heal and move on from the lives that led them here. Thanks to them, many formerly abused or neglected children and teens now have caring adults on their side, and permanent, lifelong connections.
Right now, LSS-FIT has an urgent need statewide for nurturing adults to step up and get involved – and support our nation’s most vulnerable children by becoming verified foster parents. We have 15 foster and adoption offices in Texas – all report they have children waiting for placement. Not only large sibling groups, medically fragile children, and teens, but also infants who need a secure place where they can thrive.
“Everyday people” are serving as foster parents. Can you, or someone you know, help these kids in crisis realize their full potential? Their own families are not in a position to care for them for a variety of reasons, none of them good. Child welfare issues arise in families of every race, ethnicity, and age group.
Of course, not everyone is in the position to fill the role of foster parent, but there are more ways to show you care. You can get involved as a volunteer, mentor, or respite provider. You can help us celebrate National Foster Care Month by donating directly to Foster In Texas, where your donations will support the special trauma-informed care training and extensive clinical support that helps our foster families avoid burnout, and experience success.
More help, more homes, are needed. Because all children deserve a hopeful future!