Guest Editorial: Foster care awareness month

Guest Editorial: Foster Care Awareness Month

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - by Calvin D. Johnson Sr.

The Month of May is Foster Care Awareness Month. There are over 6,000 children currently in the foster care system in Alabama. Who are these children that need foster care?

Well, they are

  • Children from all ethnic and economic groups.
  • Children with backgrounds or experiences that have placed them at risk.
  • Brothers and sisters who need to stay together
  • Children of all ages who cannot currently live with their birth families due to the risk of neglect, physical or sexual abuse.

There is a critical need for foster homes in the River Region. Foster kids often feel forgotten about in our community. We cannot leave it up to lawmakers, educators, and law enforcement to make our society great. This is why you can make a difference. What better way to effect change in our neighborhoods and change the trajectory of this generation than by putting your hands to the plow and becoming a foster parent.

You could be impacting the lives of the next great leader in our community or the next great inventor. You are looking at a product of the foster care system. I am who I am today because someone cared enough to open their home up to me.

So, the next time you're sitting around the dinner table, or sitting in that relaxing chair, watching tv, or laying in your comfortable bed at night remember there is a child right in your very own city dreaming of having that exact same experience. Your ordinary can be their extraordinary become a foster parent today.

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