Foster parents sought for Minnesota youth in need of out-of-home care
Those interested can sign up with Children's Home Society, Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota.
ST. PAUL — Last year, more than 11,000 children and youth experienced out-of-home care, prompting two organizations to put out a call for more foster parents in Minnesota.
Children’s Home Society and Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota hope more people will see fostering as a way to make a difference in children's lives by signing up to become foster parents. Both organizations provide training, as well as 24/7 support to promote high-quality care, according to a press release from Lutheran Social Services.
May is National Foster Care Month.
The most important qualities for foster parents to have is a willingness to listen, provide support, help children create health relationships, as well as flexibility, patience and a sense of humor, according to the release.
Families and individuals who can provide different household structures and have diverse backgrounds are needed to support and affirm youth who identify as LGBTQIA2S+, as well as children and youth of color. Foster parents are also needed to provide short-term respite care and to foster sibling groups, school-aged children and older youth.
To learn more about becoming a foster parent, visit fosterminnesota.org.