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Families honored during Foster Care Month
Posted on 05/31/2018
Families honored during Foster Care Month

As a fun and fitting conclusion to Foster Care Month, all 64 current Weld County foster families were hand-delivered May Baskets this week. The colorful baskets were lovingly decorated and filled with various goodies, including staff- and local business-donated gift certificates, snacks and hand-written notes expressing gratitude for each family’s selfless support of the children and teens involved in Weld County Department of Human Services foster care.

Commissioners Julie Cozad and Mike Freeman delivered one such basket to a particularly committed foster family. Trent and Stephanie have fostered for Weld County for three and a half years, and in this time, have fostered 10 children and teens. They have four biological children and one they adopted from Weld County, and currently have two other children in foster care in their home. They have also provided respite care and continue to be outstanding role models for other families. When asked what their motivation is for fostering, Stephanie says it’s the desire to show children healthy, loving and safe relationships. They are passionate about helping families be reunited, and their own children enjoy being positive influences on the children in foster care they have taken into their home, even if only for a short time.

“We are truly grateful for the immense sacrifices you’ve made by opening your hearts and home to children and teens in foster care,” said Cozad. “We know it’s not easy, but the choice you’ve made to provide a loving, stable and supportive refuge to those young people who need it most is one that forever makes a difference in their lives. Our county’s kids in foster care are healing, stronger and safer because of families like you.”

There are currently 428 infants, children and youth in Weld County foster and kinship care and not enough families to provide loving homes for them all. Due to this urgent need, Weld County Department of Human Services began a foster parent recruitment campaign last year. Since the campaign launched in August, 19 families have become certified to provide loving homes for young people in foster care, with several more on track to becoming certified in the next few months. The recruitment campaign isn’t over, however. The county is seeking at least another ten families by the end of August, particularly for young people with special needs, sibling groups, older youth ages 8-18 and Spanish-speaking children and teens.

To find out how to help support children and teens in foster care, informational Welcome Nights are held throughout the county each month, allowing residents to have their questions about fostering answered in a no-commitment, informal atmosphere. Welcome Night information is regularly shared on the county’s Facebook page, @WeldCountyGovernment. To learn more about foster care in Weld County, please call (970) 400-6849, email fostercare@weldgov.com or visit https://tinyurl.com/WeldCoFosterCare.