Foster parents fill very special roles

Caseworkers at the Jefferson County Job and Family Services, Children Services Division, look to the future when they respond to a case of child abuse and neglect. It’s a road that can be a long one.

A child is removed from the home while an investigation is conducted, and many times is placed with a relative. But there are children who have no place else to go. Foster parents are then given the responsibility of taking care of the child.

The foster parents provide love and a stable life for the child.

Sometimes children services has to fight for custody of the child. Once permanent custody is obtained, the agency begins the adoption process.

Many foster parents volunteer so they can eventually adopt children. Some can’t have children of their own, so foster to adopt is a way to fill their home.

There is an increasing number of children who are removed from their homes because of drug abuse. Some of the children are born addicted to drugs, but children services looks to find that forever home for the child.

November is National Adoption Month, and a good time to point out that children services in Jefferson County this year has been able to finalize six adoptions, with six more pending.

Children of all ages need that permanent home, and caseworkers know it is difficult for children to reach their full potential without a sense of belonging to a permanent family.

Children services is in need of more foster homes.

Prospective foster parents have to go through 36 hours of training and go through a home study, which can take between six and nine months to complete.

There are children who need the love of a parent.

Please consider becoming a foster parent. There are children out there that need a loving home. Maybe someday, foster children will get a chance to have loving parents.