The Valley Needs Foster and Adoptive Parents Urgently
Foster Care and Adoption in the Valley Needs Your Help
Roanoke and Surrounding Counties Need Help Locating Foster Families Can You Help?
Foster care and adoption in the Valley need your help with a shortage of qualified parents who can give local children a safe, nurturing ,and loving home. Over the last two years, the local Department of Social Services (DSS) and local foster care agencies have noted a rise in the need of incredible foster and adoptive homes. With the rise of substance abuse in our community, the need for foster parents has increased due to the abuse and neglect that goes along with substance abuse issues. Last year Roanoke ranked 2nd for the most kids in care behind Richmond city by only 30 kids at 205 with hundreds more in the adjoining communities.
The opioid and heroin epidemic is sweeping Virginia and is hurting more children every day, requiring more help from the community. Addiction related issues are currently the second reason youth come into care. With this epidemic in the valley, the challenge is significant as there has been a decrease in families within the community becoming foster parents. The youth in the valley are struggling to overcome trauma they have experienced, as well as the desire to believe in adults and feel safe again. This is where foster families and adoptive families come into the picture.
With your faith and strength, you can bring a lot to a child's life. We know from research the decision to become a foster parent can take a long time to conclude that you feel you are the right person for the fantastic journey of helping a child in foster care.
So what makes a fabulous foster or adoptive parent?
Well, if you have made it through this blog so far, you are the right person! If you need more guidance, let the list below guide you and see how many are core values of yourself and that of your family:
- I want to give back to my community with my life experience to guide me
- I don't have children, or my home is missing the sounds of children's laughter
- I have room in my heart to help some more children and give them a place to call home
- I know that my community is looking for a family that can look after sibling groups and older kids.
- The life experience I have, I desire to share that knowledge.
- I believe that the bible teaches us we need to look after the vulnerable children in our world.
A few life quotes to reflect on as I close.
"Thousands of candles can be lit from a single candle, and the life of the single candle will not be shortened. Happiness never decreases by being shared."
- Bukkyo Dendo Kyokai
"The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why."
- Mark Twain
I will leave my last word with Mother Teresa of Kolkata:
"Do you want to do something beautiful for God? There is a person who needs you. this is your chance."
There are children all over the world who need someone to love them and adopt them into their families, but you do not need to travel that far, the valley has so many. You can be that person.