If you like being around children and instinctively look for ways to help other people, well then, you just might make a fabulous foster parent.
But many potentially wonderful foster parents miss out on this truly life-changing opportunity simply because they don't realize they have "the gift of fostering."
There is a growing need in our community for more people to become resource caregivers to children in foster care. When keiki need temporary or permanent homes, the first hope is to place the child in a familiar setting--with a relative, friend, or within the same neighborhood and school district--to minimize further trauma.
That is why Ethan Aronson, Maui County community liaison for Partners In Development Foundation's Hui Ho'omalu foster care program (www.pidfoundation.org), needs our help. His two-fold mission is to find people interested in becoming caregivers and to encourage us to share the idea with others in order to increase the number of temporary homes available to the island's keiki.
"When it comes to the realm of foster care, it really does take a village to raise a child," said Ethan. "The more safe, loving, temporary homes there are available, the more opportunities there are to place the children in the best fitting environment for them during their time away from home."
Families that come to recognize their foster parenting potential can make a profound difference in a child's life--and their own. And you don't have to go it alone--a variety of PIDF services are available to support you and your family in caring for a child.
If you believe in the power of love to change lives, then May, National Foster Care Month, is the time to take your first steps to help children who need you.
If you can't offer caregiver service, but still want to help, pass this information on to friends and family, and support Foster Care Month activities on Thursday, May 10, at a sign-waving event at the corner of Ka'ahumanu Avenue and Kane Street from 7 to 9 a.m. Call Keiki Kokua in Ha'iku at 575-5393 to find out how you can participate in NFCM Foster Care Awareness Day on Saturday, May 19.
Consider changing your mind about becoming a foster parent--and change a child's life. Contact Ethan at the Hui Ho'omalu Maui Office at (808) 268-5122 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.