Times Staff Report
May 21, 2013
Here in Kentucky, there are children living in deplorable conditions in their own homes – victims of child abuse and neglect. Sometimes we hear their stories when it’s too late. Other times, they are rescued because a concerned family member or neighbor reports the suspected mistreatment and the children are removed from these homes.
When removed, where do these children go? Is there a warm bed, a good meal and a loving family that awaits to comfort them after their ordeal? Thanks to foster parents around Kentucky, there is.
May is National Foster Care Month and it’s an opportunity to show our appreciation for the wonderful people who welcome these hurting children into their homes and into their lives. Sunrise Children’s Services has been offering a refuge for hurting children since 1869, and today we have a statewide network of foster parents who provide a safe, loving environment for children in need.
Foster parents are equipped with compassion, patience and a desire to make a difference in a child’s life. Sometimes the child is in a foster home for only a short period, and other times the arrangement leads to an adoption. Regardless of how long the relationship is, foster parents have an opportunity to model loving, responsible and productive family relationships to children who may never have witnessed how families are supposed to function.
Abuse and neglect show no signs of significantly decreasing in Kentucky, meaning the demand for foster parents continues to be high. As you read this, there are children in dire need of a home like yours where they can lay their head without pain, without fear, and without hunger. If you would like more information about how to become a foster parent, or support those who are, visit us at www.sunrise.org, or call us toll-free at 1-855-33icare.
Dr. William Smithwick
President and CEO
Sunrise Children’s Services