National Foster Care Month

May Is National Foster Care Month!

Although we love and appreciate our foster parents year-round, May is officially National Foster Care Month! This holiday, started in 1988, is an opportunity to celebrate and thank God for the opportunity to do the work that we do. There are nearly 15,000 children in foster care in Georgia and Georgia Agape is blessed to be able to take care of a portion of them. These children are experiencing trauma and our job is to provide trauma-informed care to each and every one that we serve.

Recognizing foster care means recognizing the many people who play a role in caring for those children who have experienced abuse and neglect. Georgia Agape trains foster parents to care for these children, but we are also involved with their birth families, Division of Children and Family Services staff, CASA workers, the child’s Guardian Ad Litem, Judges, Citizen’s Panels and several others. It is truly a complex system or “village” in place to care for these children.

As we identify the many people who are involved in a family’s foster care case, it is also important to recognize the many foster parents who are there day in and day out, acting as temporary caregivers for these children until they are able to be reunified with their families. We recognize that there are families that are hurting and it is our responsibility to do what we can to support them until they are able to function and care for their children with minimal support.