Dear Editor, May is foster care month

May is Foster Care Month, a time to celebrate the hundreds of foster and kinship foster families in Vermont who provide safe, nurturing homes for children while they can’t be at home. It is with deep appreciation that the Family Services Division of the Department for Children and Families thanks them for their generosity, caring, and willingness to “answer the call,” no matter when it comes.

Thank you for all you do to keep children safe, support parents, and help families stay connected! You help us keep local kids local by opening your hearts and homes to children in need. Without you, children would have to live outside of their communities and away from all that’s familiar.

We’d like to take this opportunity to let you know about our need for more foster families. The Brattleboro District Office needs families for children of all ages and experiences, including:

Infants, toddlers and teens, siblings who want to stay together, children with complex medical needs, LGBTQ youth, teens transitioning from foster care to living on their own.

If you are not sure that providing foster care is for you, you might consider providing respite care. It’s much like foster care but for shorter periods of time (e.g., a few hours, a day, a weekend, or a week or two). Respite provides foster parents with breaks so they can get things done, relax, and re-energize.

For more information about becoming a foster parent or respite provider, please contact Michelle Colburn, Resource Coordinator, at 802.257.2888 or visit us on the web at www.fostercare.vt.gov.

 

Sincerely,

Michelle Colburn

Resource Coordinator

DCF, Family Services

Brattleboro District Office

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