National Foster Care Month, observed in May, honors foster families, mentors, volunteers, lawmakers and the like who help children in the foster care system find a permanent home, and there is a desperate need for individuals such as these in the Lubbock area.
The majority of children in the foster care system are victims of abuse or neglect. Lynn Harms, President of the Children's Home of Lubbock, says safely finding a home for those children is a top priority for foster care agencies.
"One of the answers to working with children who have been abused, that cannot live in their homes because they aren't safe, is foster care," Harms said.
Harms has worked in the foster care field for most of his adult life. He has also been a foster parent and he understands the sacrifices that are made by foster families.
"You are opening your family and your home to a child who is not biologically yours," Harms said.
Harms says many of the children in foster care come with a lot of baggage. Many of them suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and have been through a lot struggles.
"There is always a need for foster families. As child abuse grows, the need for foster families grows," Harms said.
Harms understands that being a foster parent is not easy, but he says it becomes a very rewarding investment.
"What we do in the lives of children, any positive input we put into the life of a child, no matter how big or how small, is never a wasted effort," Harms said.
If you are interested in foster care and would like more information, here is a list of foster care agencies in Lubbock:
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