LETTER: What About the Children?
I would like to express my gratitude for the opportunity to speak at the most recent Clinton City Council meeting about the need for foster parents in our community. I am also very grateful that the council recognized May as Foster Care Month in Clinton.
Children in our community are hurting every day. There are 126 children in foster care in Laurens County (as of May 7), with more reports of abuse and neglect being investigated almost daily. There are only 35 licensed foster homes to care for those 126 children. The people of Clinton clearly care deeply about the wellbeing of the children in our community, but more can be done. More needs to be done.
May was National Foster Care Month – a perfect time to bring light to the crisis facing our children and families and to talk about solutions. Laurens County needs more foster parents. Please consider if your family is able to embark on the journey of foster care and make a difference for a child who has experienced abuse or neglect.
These are kids who attend school with your kids, or go to your church, or play on your child’s soccer team. These are children just like your children who deserve as much stability as possible. They deserve to stay in their school and with their friends, close to the places they have always known as home.
If you don’t feel ready to become a foster parent, you can support a foster parent or Thornwell’s Foster Care program which recruits, trains and supports local foster families. The 35 amazing families in our community need help to provide the best care possible for the children in their home.
There are many ways to help and we can help you find a way to get involved. Connect with us at www.thornwell.org, like and follow Thornwell Foster Care on Facebook, or call me at 864-735-8509. We are also hosting a Foster Care 101 meeting at Heritage Fellowship on May 31st at 6 p.m. This is a no-pressure informational event for you to learn about what foster care is and ways you can help children in need.
If you care about your community, you should care about foster care. Not everyone can become a foster parent, but everyone can do something to help children in Laurens County.