Our foster parents are true superheroes! There is a family who puts up 100 Christmas stockings - one for every child that has been in their home in case they come back for a visit. That is only one example of the tremendous families who bless our agency. One of our parents shared how her and her husband would count how many times a staff member would thank them or call them â€œrock starsâ€? at various activities. We truly appreciate the hard work and dedication from our parents!
We, also, feel a responsibility to reach out to the community. One way is with our Positive Parenting Program. It is a six week evidence based program that teaches techniques and strategies for being a parent. It is offered to the public at no cost. Children do not come with an instruction manual and this program helps create one! A new resource, Parent Success Group, has been added to supplement the Positive Parenting Program. The group meets twice a month for additional training and support. Parents by Choice has received some exciting news in the past few months. We were recently chosen as a provider for Intensive Treatment Foster Care (ITFC) for San Joaquin County. ITFC services are aimed at children with more severe behaviors and who are at risk of being placed in a group home. We want to help these kids and keep them in a family home environment. With a plan that includes permanency, we have applied to become a licensed adoption agency. This will add another element to our ability to provide wonderful homes for children who need them. People often tell us there is no way they could be foster parents. The thought of having a child in their home, caring for them only to have them leave months later is much too heart wrenching. It is an incredible gift to give a home to a child and help them feel safe and loved. It is one of the most selfless things a person can offer a child. We invite you to contact our agency if you have questions about becoming a foster parent. If you would like to become a financial partner or volunteer or learn more about Parents by Choice, please visit our website at www.parentsbychoice.net. bearcreekconnections | SUMMER 2014 | 31