WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.– Forsyth County’s Department of Social Services says it is in dire need of foster parents and they are asking more adults to consider helping.
Forsyth DSS said as of Tuesday there are 133 children in their care in need of a foster home. That is up 30% from this same time last year.
Foster families provide a safe place for children who are temporarily removed from their biological parents by the courts or at the request of the parents for reasons like neglect, abuse, mental health problems or other types of behavioral disorders. Foster parents serve as role models for the children and their parents.
Bob Scofield, Chief Operating Officer of The Children’s Home, said, “it is highly rewarding but it is not a job everybody can do. It is very hard it is very demanding.”
Scofield and The Children’s Home in Winston-Salem are working with Forsyth DSS to spread the word about the need since they fear many parents think they can’t do it, or don’t have the time.
Kim Morgan, Clinical Director at The Children’s Home said while there is a stipend and medical expenses paid by the state, “It’s a challenge. The parents really need to have a desire to make a difference in a kid’s life and you will see a kid transform and we have.”
The Children’s Home is hosting a special information session for interested parents on August 6 at 5 p.m. at The Children’s Home on Reynolda Road.
For more information on becoming a foster parent check out http://www.tchome.org/services/foster-care-and-adoptions/ or http://www.forsyth.cc/DSS/adopt_foster.aspx.