Special week honors all foster families


May is recognized across the country as National Foster Care Month, a time to honor America’s foster families. Foster parents play a critical role in the treatment and development of disadvantaged youth through their nurturing and mentoring.

There are over 4,000 youth in out-of-home care in the state of West Virginia. Nationally, there are more than half a million children and youth in the United States foster care system.

Foster families provide a primary source of love, identity, self-esteem and support, which is the very foundation of our communities and families. National Foster Care Month raises public awareness in our communities of the children in foster care and the need for foster families.

The National Youth Advocate Program, West Virginia acknowledges and extends thanks and appreciation to all foster parents for the love, care, generosity and commitment they provide to the foster youth of West Virginia.

Foster parents connect youth to communities, safely reunite children with their families, provide permanency for youth through adoption, all which impact young lives forever. Foster parents offer youth hope for successful futures which change a lifetime for youth in need.

There truly is an urgent need for people to change a lifetime for a youth in foster care and make a lasting impression in the life of a young person.

Discover foster parenting! For information about foster parenting or the National Youth Advocate Program, please call NYAP at 1-800-836-9894 or visit our website at www.nyap.org.

NYAP office sites in West Virginia include: Fairmont, Wheeling, Martinsburg and Parkersburg.

Scott Nelson