May 1, 2007
In honor of National Foster Care month, Tri-Area Foster Families and local officials tied ribbons to the trunks of trees on the downtown mall in Charlottesville. Each ribbon represents an area child in foster care.
In Charlottesville, Albemarle and Greene counties, 288 children are in foster care. Charlottesville has the highest rate of children in foster care in the state. That rate may be high based on need or the recognition of need.
Either way, the figure of 288 represents children who are placed, but some placements may not be ideal. Certain families may be better suited for certain kids' needs and locations.
"We always have more children coming into foster care," explained Janie Hunter with the Albemarle County Department of Social Services. "So we need families who understand the needs of our children and offer a temporary home for the kids whose parents can't take care of them."
Foster parents can be married or single. They can also be working parents and do not need to be wealthy.
In the United States, about half of the children in foster care are able to return to their families.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, call the Tri-Area Foster Families at 434-970-3329.