(WXOW) – Looking ahead on the calendar, May is Foster Care Awareness Month. The Family & Children’s Center wants to call attention to how proper foster care plays an invaluable role in community health.
Tita Yutuc, the center’s executive director, said foster families help in two ways. The obvious way is how foster parents provide a loving, nurturing home for kids in need. A little below the surface, Yutuc added that it also helps the biological parents establish a better lifestyle–possibly helping to reunite a family.
When foster kids turn 18, they tend to age out of the foster care system. Yutuc said the center prepares for this eventuality by offering a program called Independent Living. It’s a detailed plan that experts create for each kid to help them plan for a successful life. It addresses things like school, finance and career considerations.
As for helping out, Yutuc encourages anyone willing to answer the call to be a foster parent. She said the need is always great and the FCC has resources for those interested. Otherwise, she asks the community to consider donating to support the Independent Living program. You can learn more on how to give at fcconline.org.