May is Foster Care Awareness Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. One local organization has spent the entire month raising awareness and shattering myths surrounding the idea of becoming a foster parent.
With more than 700 children in the system within the Upper Cumberland, there is a growing need for people to become foster parents; however, Director of the Upper Cumberland Foster Closet (UCFC) Amanda Drake informed there are many myths surrounding foster care that hinder potential parents from fostering.
“I am always shocked when people are like, ‘I don’t know if I’ll be approved as a foster parent,’” Drake said. “If you have a job, a home with running water and are willing to take in a child and do some good you’ll probably be approved…No criminal background—if you’re a normal person, you’ll probably get approved.”
For more on this story, pick up a copy of this week’s Jackson County Sentinel.