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Brunswick County Department of Social Services Seeks Foster Parents

January 4, 2013 - Brunswick County, NC - Brunswick County Department of Social Services is in need of caring individuals who are willing to open their homes and hearts to a child in need. Currently, there are over 140 children from Brunswick County in foster care. Due to the lack of licensed foster/adoptive homes in Brunswick County, most of these children are being placed outside of Brunswick County away from their family, schools, and friends.

Foster care is time-limited substitute family care. It allows children to receive nurturance, guidance and in some cases therapeutic intervention while residing in with a caring family, until they are able to return home or another permanency plan is established.

Brunswick County DSS continues their ongoing recruitment effort to increase the availability of foster/adoptive homes in Brunswick County. The Department is asking interested residents to make a difference in childrenís lives by opening their homes as licensed foster/adoptive parents.

"I believe that all children should have a home that is nurturing, comfortable, and safe. I became a foster mom because I know that I am able to provide these things. I have been a foster mom for about fifteen years. I began fostering in New York and adopted three girls. They are all adults now so when I retired and moved to Leland, I decided to foster children again. My experience of being a foster/adoptive parent has been great. I have seen children who are shy and introverted become more social and children who were not performing well in school do better academically. I enjoy seeing the looks in their eyes when they excel at something that they have been working to accomplish. Being a foster mom gives me the opportunity to give children the nurturing environment that they deserve. When these children come in your home, you canít help but love them!"

~Ms. Dinah Scott

The Model Approach to Partnership in Parenting-Group Preparation and Selection of Foster & Adoptive Families (MAPP/GPS) training is being offered by Brunswick County DSS beginning Thursday, January 24th from 6:00-9:00pm. MAPP is a 30 hour training specifically designed to prepare individuals to become successful foster/adoptive parents. The training is free for adults 21 years and older.

For more information on how you can become a licensed foster/adoptive parent or to register for the January 24th MAPP/GPS training, please contact Tamela Jones at 910-253-2112 or tjones@brunsco.net.



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