“Urgent” Need for Foster Parents

(Memphis) As a foster parent, Janet Williams has made a difference in seven lives over the years.

Her three-year old is just one of them.

But Janet says no one has benefited more than herself, “I think they actually help me. A lot of people think I am doing something great but there is so much that they gave to me.”

And that’s just one reason a local non-profit hopes more people will want to help.

Youth Villages said the need for foster parents is always urgent.

Everyday, Child Protective Services comes to the aid of children in harm’s way.

Those children need a place to go until they can find a permanent home.

That’s where Youth Villages comes in.

“We help children that have been abused, abandoned or neglected and try to find loving homes for them,” said LaToya Maxwell, with Youth Villages.

“They want a home. And I believe, children they do better when they are loved and they feel connected to their family,” said Williams.

Foster parents, like Janet, serve as that family and Youth Villages said many more people like her are needed as more children come into the system.

“It happens everyday,” said Maxwell. “Unfortunately, it happens everyday.”

Janet says as a foster parent, she has become a mom to those who really need one then eventually she let’s them go, “We hope to get them back home to their families.”

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, Youth Villages is holding a free information session Thursday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

For more information, you can head to their website www.youthvillages.org