Do you miss those teenagers or have the empty nest syndrome? Maybe you have an extra bedroom that looks empty and lonely.
There is an immediate need for caring, loving foster homes. Our community is small compared to others, times are tough for many, construction is down, businesses are closing and it makes for hard times for our neighbors.
Things happen on occasion where children might need to be removed from their present living situation. We should stand together as a community and open our homes and hearts for others who are less fortunate. Economic stress can relate to emotional stress and children can be out of home placement for short periods of time while families regroup. There is always a search for relatives and the system strives to reunite children with parents or relatives as soon as there is a safe secure environment.
If you’ve never had children, fostering can open a new door of life for you and a special child. If you have children still at home, having a foster child to share with and experience life from another view can enhance your own children’s lives.
The El Dorado Center of Folsom Lake College in Placerville offers initial and ongoing training and there is a strong support system for homes with foster children and reimbursement for costs. If you think this might be the time to help out the county will facilitate an orientation. Sign up by calling (530) 642-7100.
If you’re not ready to make the commitment at this time and maybe just want to discuss the possibilities, you may always call the county foster parent association and long-time foster parent, Bonnie McLane, at (530) 333-1482.