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Every year in the U.S., 250,000 children enter the foster care system, according to Adopt US Kids. Ranging from birth to 21 years of age, these children face enormous challenges as they wait to unite with their birth families, join a foster family or age out.
Foster parents also face enormous challenges caring for these children. Foster parents have the responsibility to nurture them under their care and protect them from a variety of dangers. One of those dangers is identity theft.
The Unimportance of Mothers by Jon Holden Galluccio, author of “An American Family”
Foster parents change lives.
This is a message that particular local family wants to get out during October, Foster Parents Month.
Foster parents can give kids and parents an escape from difficult situations; offer them a brand new window on normal life.
But, it needs a great deal of dedication and an "altruistic" frame of mind.
You'll find quiet rewards, too, as outlined by Thomas Crossman of Cobble Hill, who, regarding his wife, Linda, continues to be at it for decades after raising three children of their own.
A London council is appealing for more gay couples to come forward to foster children in need of homes.
Lambeth council says it particularly needs carers for teenagers, disabled children and those on remand.
Cllr Pete Robbins, Lambeth Council Cabinet Member for Children and Young People Services, said he was concerned that so few gay couples in the borough are coming forward.
Mother's Day has come and gone and in a few weeks Father's Day will arrive, but thousands of children and young adults will miss the celebration because states like Virginia, Illinois and Arizona have recently moved to prevent same-gender-loving people from becoming foster or adoptive parents solely based on their sexual orientation and marital status. Moreover, discriminatory restrictions in other states, including Florida and Arkansas, have recently been the subject of heated ongoing legal action.
The High Court has backed a council’s decision to bar a couple from fostering children because they oppose homosexuality.
Pentecostal Christians Eunice and Owen Johns, of Derby, were told by the city council in 2007 that a fostering panel had rejected them because of their views.
They told a social worker that they could not tell a foster child that homosexuality was acceptable.
They applied to the High Court to clarify policies on foster parents who have “traditional” views on sexuality. Today, the court agreed with the council’s decision.
Noe Valley Voice December-January 2010
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Well, been a long time since I have updated. Been very busy with work and searching for children.
We received a call Wednesday from our worker and there is a 15 yr old boy in Houston that is intrested in being our son. The week of October 12 we are to have a conference with the current foster parents, the child's worker, and our worker. This is the next step and very big for us. We have been the thank you we have a first choice family, but if that does not work out we might be in touch.
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