Fostering Isn’t Scary!
Jacob and Miriam Graves were like a lot of first-time foster parents when they attended their first foster care information meeting at Wellroot Family Services. They knew they wanted to help, they knew that children and teens in Georgia desperately needed a home, but the thought of fostering quite frankly scared them.
“We knew we were called to help,” Mariam told Wellroot, “but it was all just so overwhelming. Learning about the foster care system, birth parents, partnership parenting, and just all of it was scary.”
“Fostering isn’t scary, but it’s easy to understand why people can start feeling overwhelmed by all the new information,” Said Denise Peacock Foster Home Recruitment Manager for Wellroot, “That’s why Wellroot guides potential foster families along the process every step of the way. From the initial information meeting, to the application process, to IMPACT training, to a personalized Licensing Specialist – all along the way we walk with them and make sure they’re comfortable before children are ever placed in their home.”
In Georgia, thousands of children are in need of a supportive, stable home where they can be guided through important milestones—to reach their full potential. Children in the foster care system range in age anywhere from birth to 18 years old, and the majority are removed due to neglect, abuse, or abandonment. Wellroot Family Services connects these children with nurturing foster families and works with foster families to ensure they have the proper training and support every step of the way.
At Wellroot, we know it takes a tremendous amount of courage, faith and trust for a person to become a foster parent. Thanks to our generous donors, Wellroot provides foster parents with intensive support through their assigned Foster Care Worker, our 24/7 on-call system, access to clothing, diapers, school supplies and baby equipment and extra financial support through our incidental fund for enrichment for the children in their care.
“Wellroot really was there every step of the way with us. Anytime things felt overwhelming, our caseworker would sit down and walk us through everything. When our first placement finally arrived, a sibling group of 3, Wellroot came with diapers, clothes, toys, and even a double stroller!” Mariam recounted.
“Now,” Jacob added, “what felt terrifying to start has change our lives for the better. We can’t imagine our life now without being a foster family.”
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