Letter: Foster parents change lives of children

From: Danielle Nickerson

Columbus

May is National Foster Care Month. This month has been set aside to acknowledge foster parents and other members of our community, including policymakers, mentors, volunteers, child welfare professionals and others who help children in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity to shine a light on the experiences of the more than 400,000 children 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 as foster parents or adoptive parents, volunteers, mentors, employees or in other ways.

Children benefit from nurturing and stable family lives. Foster parents change the lives of children and themselves. Foster parents help create stability for children during difficult times, often as they wait to be reunited with their natural parents or prepare for adoption. Foster parents enrich their own lives by giving back to their communities and by helping children who really need help.

National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) is a not-for-profit therapeutic foster care agency that provides flexible, creative, outcome-based programs and services to meet the individual needs of the children, youths and families we serve. NYAP is searching for caring adults to join our family tree and become a foster parent. If you have a heart for children, being a foster parent may be a good way to follow your heart. Finding out more information is as easy as calling Danielle Nickerson at 812-344-6317, visiting our website at nyap.org or emailing us at dnickerson@nyap.org.