Wednesday, May 8, 2013

May: National Foster Care Month

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the thousands of children and youth under 18 in the foster care system. The campaign raises awareness about the urgent needs of these young people and encourages citizens from every walk of life to get involved! At The Villages, we are committed to helping our children find permanency and stability through our 276 foster homes.

William* is now 15 and has had a 12-year history in foster care. He had sever anger issues regarding his childhood abuse, and subsequently felt no hope for obtaining personal happiness…until he met the Taylor family!

About 6 months ago, William was placed with a Villages’ foster family. Rebecca and Jim Taylor have welcomed several children into their home over the years and have said that William was one of the more difficult cases they faced. He was angry about what his parents did to him, disappointed about some of us previous placements, and overall unhappy. But since having him in his home the Taylors have helped him realize that he can make the future he wants for himself by making good decisions now.

Today, William is working on things that make his happy. He is getting good grades, making friends…he even attended first school dance where he felt confident enough to get out on the dance floor! He is volunteering at a local homeless shelter and really happy to be helping others. And he’s planning to mow lawns this summer so he can earn some money!

Williams says that the Taylors are the first family to make them feel like he’s welcomed and one of their own. He credits them for being his role models for how he wants to live his own life. His Villages’ social worker attributes this to his emotional stability and growth.

If you are interested in helping a child like William visit our website to learn how you can become a Villages’ foster parent. Happy Foster Care Appreciation Month and thank you to all of our amazing foster children and parents!

* Name has been changed to protect the child's identity. 

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