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May proclaimed Foster Care Month

Posted on 05/06/2019
May proclaimed foster care month

In recognition and appreciation of those who touch the lives of children and teens in Weld County foster and kinship care, May has been proclaimed as Foster Care Month by the Board of County Commissioners.

Present at the proclamation were two current long-time Weld County foster families, Kristin Mann and the Korbys. Both spoke emotionally about their involvement with the Weld County Department of Human Services (DHS) foster care program and the child welfare staff.

According to Mann, “I am proud to be a Weld County foster family. I have been amazed with the effort that Weld County puts into supporting foster families and the children in our county who find themselves in need of a safe, temporary home. This has been the most rewarding and challenging thing that we have ever done. Being a Weld County foster parent has changed me and my family, and hopefully the kids that have joined our family. All we had to do was open our hearts and open our doors. Thank you all for making this happen for us.”

“Foster care has given us the opportunity to give back to the community in so many ways,” the Korbys added. “We have a great support system through Weld County. They’ve definitely been there for us and provided us everything we need.”

After hearing the heartfelt remarks, Commissioner Scott James, Coordinator for DHS, replied, “I cannot fathom doing what you do: taking a child into your home and unconditionally loving them knowing that you might have to let them go. And knowing that the happiest and best outcome for that child is to let them go. So, God bless you and thank you for taking care of Weld County’s kids, and may you be richly rewarded for doing so.”

There are currently 452 infants, children and youth in Weld County foster and kinship care and not enough families to provide loving homes for them all, which results in less than desirable placements in group homes, residential treatment facilities or with families in other counties or even other states. Due to the urgent need for more foster families in our own county, Weld County Department of Human Services is seeking families to provide loving homes for young people in foster care, particularly for children and teens 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 at least twice a month in locations throughout the county, allowing a larger reach for 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.