GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) Sometimes parents need some help to improve their parenting skills… and when they do, foster families can help care for their children temporarily. One of the organizations that helps make that happen is D.A. Blodgett – St. John’s. They’ve been around since 1887, providing anything an abused or neglected child could need, such as shelter and placement into a foster home. The goal of foster care is to provide a temporary place for a child or siblings to stay until their parents can get back on their feet.
Lori Marthens has been a foster mother to 66 children over 15 years. She says the most rewarding part is seeing children reunited with their biological parents.
There aren’t a lot of qualifications to become a foster parent. You have to be 18 years old, but you don’t have to be married or own your own home. There are more qualifications required by the state to become a licensed foster parent.
D.A. Blodgett – St. Johns is always looking for more foster parents. They say they especially need families who are willing to take siblings and people with diverse cultural and religious backgrounds. The average stay for a child in foster care is nine to 12 months.
D.A. Blodgett – St. Johns is holding a Foster Care and Special Needs Adoption Program Orientation at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, May 12. It is free and there is no obligation. Click here for more information.