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Would you foster or mentor a child?

January 18th, 2013 8:48 am by Staff Report

Would you foster or mentor a child?

Tennessee is in need of more volunteers willing to take on the challenging task of becoming a foster parent or a mentor to a child in foster care. We can’t say enough good things about the caring people who serve as caregivers to the 460,000 American children who are currently in foster care.
There are 5,600 children in foster care in Tennessee.
It is through the dedication of foster parents that many of these children will be reunited with their parents or relatives, or be adopted by loving families. (There are more than 500 foster children in this state awaiting adoption.)
Other foster children, however, are not so lucky. Far too many children will remain in foster care until adulthood.
More than 800 leave Tennessee’s foster care system each year once they reach age 18.
Many of these young Tennesseans enter adulthood without the education and social skills they need to enter college or compete in the labor force. That why, in addition to needing more foster parents, Tennessee needs volunteer mentors to help these children.
Call 1-877-DCS-KIDS for more information about adoption, or becoming a foster parent or a mentor to a foster child.

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