October 20, 2018

Heard County DFCS recognizes May as National Foster Care Month

(Franklin, GA) — Each May, the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services joins the nation in celebrating National Foster Care Month.

Since 1988, National Foster Care month has served as a time to celebrate foster parents and join forces with our communities and partners to recruit new ones.

We also use this time to spread awareness about the urgent need for foster parents for teens and sibling groups in Heard County.

This year, Georgia adopted the theme, It’s All Relative: Building HOPE through Kinship Connections.

“We would like to bring a special focus to the need for more relatives of children in care to become foster parents and provide HOPE for our most vulnerable children.” said Charlene Harrod.

“With over 15,000 children in care in the state and 11 in Heard County, we understand that we cannot do this work alone. We want to ensure that the needs of every child are being met through strong families and support systems.”

If you or someone you know is not quite ready to become a foster parent, but interested in helping, here are a few additional ways to get involved:

  • Recruit someone at work, at a local store, at church, etc. to become a foster parent

  • Find out how you can volunteer with your local DFCS county office

  • Write an op-ed or letter to the editor expressing the need for caregivers in your community

  • Honor foster and adoptive caregivers in your community

  • Network online and share statistics and graphics to spread awareness

  • Visit www.fostergeorgia.com for more information

Our children need stable, nurturing environments until they can be reunited with their families or establish other lifelong relationships with an adult.

This May, we’re calling on you to get involved, because it takes an entire village to support our children and families in need.

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