More foster parents needed across the Local 6 region
More than 500,000 children in the U.S. currently live in some form of foster care. Over the past 10 years, the need for foster parents has dramatically increased.
There are thousands of kids entering the foster care system every year, but the number of families willing to give them homes is not increasing at the same pace.
Local 6’s Mychaela Bruner met with NECCO program director Rhonda Riley who says fostering children may be one of the most fulfilling roles you can take on.
“Our mission, our goal, we build families, it’s as simple as that… We try to match the information we know about the children to our foster families,” said Riley.
She said every year, more kids need foster parents.
“There definitely is a need, we get notices almost daily of children that need a foster home in the area,” said Riley.
Riley said almost anyone can apply, provided you are older than 18 and in good health.
“You can be single, you can be married, you have to have a background check. We ask for references to tell us about this person’s character, about whether a foster child will thrive in their home, a safety audit of their home to make sure it is safe and child friendly,” said Riley.
If you are thinking about adoption, fostering a child is one of the most affordable ways. So far this year, four kids have been adopted at the Paducah NECCO, with 900 adoptions across Kentucky over the last 12 years.
If you would like more information, click here to check out NECCO’s website.