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  • Foster Care is changing lives in Southern Utah
    by Debbie Hofhines
    Published - 07/27/13 - 08:10 AM | 0 0 comments | 17 17 recommendations | email to a friend | print
    (CEDAR CITY, Utah) - A team of caring people play vital roles in making these changes happen. They are foster parents, children and teens in foster care, birth families, and DCFS. The rewards of becoming involved are immeasurable. Foster parents find the work is especially challenging, with lots of sacrifice, yet they keep coming back for more. Many foster families in Southern Utah have been fostering for years, helping hundreds of vulnerable children and youth. But the need for foster families is ongoing.

    Foster families are needed from all cultural and religious backgrounds and communities to care for children with diverse needs. Think about children and teens who must change schools and friends because there aren’t enough families within their own neighborhoods. That’s one too many painful transitions a child has to make when removed from their family of origin.

    Why split up a great team? Teachers are powerful and positive adult role models, maybe the only one a child in foster care has had to this point. That’s why our goal is to have foster families in every neighborhood – so when a child is placed in care, they can stay at the same school they consider “theirs” with teachers they know – and friends they love.

    Let’s do something to make one less traumatic transition for these kids.

    Utah Foster Care is putting a face on foster care in our community. Want to meet some of these great foster care faces? Come to Perspectives on Foster Care , a public forum, on Thursday August 29th from 6-8 pm at the Iron County School District offices in Cedar City. You’ll hear from a foster parent, birth parent, youth from foster care, and a caseworker. The public is welcome and dinner will be provided. Space is limited, so RSVP to Debbie at 435-656-8065.

    You too can be an instrument of change in the lives of children and youth in foster care.

    Check out utahfostercare.org for more information.

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