KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) – May is National Foster Care Month, a time to show a little appreciation for the foster parents opening their homes to more than 8,000 children and youth in Tennessee’s foster care system.
Tennessee’s First Lady Maria Lee shining a light on those families and challenging all of you through her initiative, “Tennessee Serves.”
“For me personally, growing up my family took in foster babies form a few days old to months and it made a lasting impression on me and it brought a lot of joy to our family.”Maria Lee, First Lady of Tennessee
There’s a growing need for foster families, here’s how you can help
National Foster Care Month is observed in the United States during the month of May each year, highlighting the need for care since 1988.
Currently, there are more than 700 children in the Knoxville area in the foster care system and more than 9,000 across the state – who need good foster parents.
“We have the most difficulty finding homes for teenagers and also for our sibling groups,” Serenity Andrews, recruitment specialist at Omni Visions, said. “We always try to keep our siblings together and so it’s a little more difficult to find homes that are willing to take in sibling groups especially a large sibling group.”
The need for foster homes continues to grow, with some areas experiencing an increase in children coming into care.
If you are considering fostering or adoption, you can find more information at TheOmniFamily.com
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