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Fostering Love: Celebrating Families Making a Difference in Foster Care

By May 28, 2023February 29th, 2024No Comments

May is National Foster Care Awareness Month, a time when we highlight the needs of children and youth in foster care and reflect on the importance of those who are dedicated to serving them. As a foster care provider, Wellroot recognizes the critical role foster care parents play in ensuring the safety and well-being of the children in their care. So, it is important to us to celebrate the amazing families that have stepped up to support this mission. With that in mind, this month we are highlighting three families that have already opened their hearts and homes to foster care.

Meredith and Albie Barclay

Meredith and Albie Barclay, who joined the Wellroot family in 2020, have three sons of their own. In 2017, after their oldest left for college, they started contemplating becoming foster parents. “After our oldest son was grown and flown (off to college), we realized that we were very lucky with what we had and there was an opportunity for us to give back,” said Meredith.

Since becoming foster parents, Meredith and Albie have fostered three boys and celebrated two reunifications. When asked about what has been most rewarding about being a foster parent, Meredith shared about their first placement. “The most rewarding has been staying in contact with the boys after reunification. Chris, the first child that lived with us, has flourished. He made the football team this year and is a straight-A student. Seeing how he and his mom have improved over the years has been so encouraging,” said Meredith.

Stacey Felzer

Stacey Felzer, a single mom fostering two brothers, ages 7 and 11, would agree wholeheartedly with Meredith’s response. When asked what she found was most rewarding, Stacey shared that it was her boys. “My boys are amazing kids. They are so resilient and brave. They have so much love in their hearts to give. They are excited and hopeful. Being a part of their story and their journey is deeply rewarding.”

Stacey also joined Wellroot in 2020. She started her journey by supporting foster families in her church community. “I met these amazing people who were fostering. Some were full-time working moms, and I thought ‘If they can do it, so can I,’” said Stacey. “I also mentor a young woman who has transitioned out of foster care. There are so many ways to help and get involved!”

Brenda Campbell

Brenda Campbell also felt the call to become a foster parent. She has a biological son, age 18, and is fostering three girls, ages 4, 5, and 15. “I call them my bonus babies,” said Brenda. “I have learned so much from them. They have taught me so much about patience and grace. It has also been great for my son. It opened his heart more. He loves being a big brother and going to their school events and cheering them on at games.”

When asked what Brenda would tell other parents considering fostering, her response was “Do it! If you have the heart to do it, just do it. If you can change one life, it will make a difference.”

If you are feeling the call to learn more, please contact us by visiting fosternow.org. We would love to share all the ways you can get involved including mentoring and respite care.

Immediate Need for Loving Homes

Wellroot believes in the Healing Power of Family. Wellroot envisions a world where every child is raised in a loving, compassionate, and nurturing home. Wellroot’s Foster Care program is a temporary intervention for children while their parents improve their ability to care for their children, with the primary goal of reunification with their birth family. For the children who are not able to be reunited with their biological family, Wellroot helps these children, like Anne and Bradley, find loving and stable homes. Adoption gives permanency to a child by providing them with a forever family.

Wellroot Family Services desperately needs more loving and nurturing homes for children in foster care. Currently, there are nearly 11,000 children in foster care in Georgia, and not enough families for children Chris. Each week, Wellroot has to say “no” over 60 times because there are not enough foster homes. Wellroot is in immediate need for loving homes to temporarily care for children while their parents improve their ability to care for their children. The primary goal of foster care is reunification with their birth family. In Georgia, 52% of the children in foster care are reunified with their families, 23% of the children go live with relatives of guardians, and 14% of the children are adopted from foster care. For the children who are not able to be reunited with their biological family, Wellroot helps these children find loving and stable homes. Adoption gives permanency to a child by providing them with a forever family.

Will you help build happy families? Learn more about fostering at fosternow.org.


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