National Foster Care Month, celebrated each May, is a chance to highlight the experiences of the more than 400,000 children in the foster care system nationwide. It also provides an opportunity to educate our community about the ways we can support youth and work to create a brighter future for them. In a recent Presidential proclamation, President Obama told us that National Foster Care Month is an opportunity to “lift up our Nation’s foster children, celebrate the selfless men and women who embrace children in the foster care system, and recommit to helping more children find permanency so they can feel stable, grounded, and free to fulfill their limitless potential.” Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties provides a way for community members to fill those roles by becoming a foster or adoptive parent.

“The number of children in the foster care system that aren’t able to stay with their biological families is growing every year. We work hard to provide each one of them with the support system they need to succeed,” says Vicky Schultz, President of Catholic Charities. Currently, Catholic Charities is caring for 30 children in Shiawassee County, who need foster families for a variety of reasons including abuse, neglect, and abandonment. More foster families are needed to provide support and care for all the children in need of a loving family.

Attend a free informational meeting for a unique opportunity to learn about the foster care and adoption processes. Meetings are held each Wednesday from 4 to 6 p.m. in the Catholic Charities Children’s Center in Flint. For more information on meetings or becoming a foster or adoptive parent, please call (810) 232-3418, or email givehope@ccsgc.org. Consider opening your heart and your home to change the life of a child in need.

Catholic Charities of Shiawassee and Genesee Counties has been serving those in need since 1941. This diverse social services agency offers an array of programs including counseling, substance use treatment, case management, prevention and education, foster care and adoption, as well as a Personal Needs and Linen Closet and Food Pantry, serving all people regardless of faith. Catholic Charities is located in downtown Owosso at 120 W. Exchange St., Suite 300. For more information about programs, please call our office at (989) 723-8239.

Catholic Charities Recognizes National Foster Care Month was last modified: May 23rd, 2016 by Karen Elford