An Opportunity to Help Rhode Island’s Children October 23
Foster parenting helps biological children to accept others, said longtime foster parent.
Many Rhode Island children need a home, children who too often have been traumatized by abuse and other family issues making it unsafe to remain with their parents.
“These boys and girls need safe loving homes so they may heal, develop and grow,” said Family Service of Rhode Island CEO Margaret Holland McDuff. “Many Rhode Islanders have become dedicated foster parents, but many more are needed.”
An opportunity to learn about foster parenting takes place Wednesday, October 23 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Family Service of Rhode Island’s office at 134 Thurbers Avenue in Providence. A number of current foster parents will be available to answer questions about the experience of foster parenting. Explanations about the weekly financial stipend and other aspects of foster parenting will be covered by staff. There is free, off-street parking available and refreshments will be served.
Longtime foster parent Lynne Bates of Tiverton will be at the event to talk to potential foster parents. “For twelve years, our journey has taken us to many places. It has taught our biological children to love ‘big,’ to accept, and to be grateful for family in all its capacity,” she said. “It’s shown me that we can help others and give children of all ages an opportunity to experience life in a safe and healthy environment.”
Mrs. Bates praised Family Service of Rhode Island for their support. “Through the years, Family Service staff have been a team providing constant support and availability. It has enhanced our experience providing us the ability to be successful. They will always be considered part if our family."
Any adult over age 25 is eligible to be considered for Family Service of RI’s foster care program, whether married or single, a homeowner or an apartment renter. More information is available at www.familyserviceri.org, by calling (401) 331-1350 ext.3305, or by emailing foster care recruiter Greg Wright email@example.com.