Become a Foster Parent!

03.08.2017

Become a Foster Parent!

At any given time, there are over 130 children in foster care in Brunswick County. These children end up in the foster care system because their own families are in crisis and are unable to provide for the essential well-being. While they come from many different backgrounds, each of these children have the same hopes, dreams, fears, and needs as any child. The best way to give them a safe and stable life is by matching them with a compassionate foster parent.

While the foster care system offers many benefits to the child, it can also be a positive experience for foster parents. Below are two benefits of becoming a foster parent that you might not be aware of:

  1. You’ll make a difference in a child’s life. Even if being a foster parent is hard at times (and it will be, just like all parenting) the knowledge that you are offering a child a safe and loving home is well worth any headaches you might have a long the way.
  2. You’ll strengthen your own family. Fostering a child is a team effort. If you have a partner, you’ll have to work together to create a good home. If you have children, they’ll learn how to accept others and share what they have with their foster sibling.

If you’re interested in becoming a foster or adoptive parent, Brunswick County Social Services will be offering a 30-hour training, known as TIPS-MAPP. Training will take place Thursday nights from 6pm-9pm, beginning on April 13, 2017 and ending on June 15, 2017.

To register for TIPS-MAPP training, contact Tamela Jones at 910-253-2112, or email her at tamela.jones@brunswickcountync.gov.