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Foster Parents needed for kids

Web posted June 18, 2019
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is seeking foster parents for children and youth in need. If you have a special heart for children, consider becoming a foster parent.

Changes in child welfare practices and the rise of parental drug abuse have contributed to the increased need for foster families. According to the Minnesota Department of Human Services, on an average day there were approximately 10,050 children in foster care in Minnesota in 2018, up from 9,900 the previous year.

Children in foster care have experienced trauma. They need a safe home and supportive adult relationships to succeed, a key factor that helps children develop resiliency, according to Harvard University researchers.

“Foster parents provide that stable, supportive home environment, teach life skills and model positive relationships with others. They recognize that children come from all different backgrounds and may have been raised with different values,” explained Tim Ollhoff, LSS Therapeutic Foster Care program director.

Tim added that children need foster parents who can take time to listen, help them sort through problems and establish positive relationships in the family and community. Foster parents can be single or married.  Following are some of the characteristics of foster parents that serve children and youth best, according to  the Minnesota Department of Human Services:

• Foster parents are flexible and can adapt to changing situations
• Foster parents show love and care for children despite behavioral challenges
• Foster parents are able to discipline consistently and with patience
• Foster parents have a healthy sense of humor

LSS Therapeutic Foster Care is a highly supportive, trauma-informed service that provides nurturing foster homes with therapeutic supports geared to the specific needs of each child. If you would like to provide stability and support to a foster child or sibling group, please contact Brainerd area LSS Foster Care Coordinator Jill Leonard at 218.828.7379. You can find more information on fostering with LSS Therapeutic foster care services at fostercaremn.org.

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Today, with 2,300 employees and 8,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service supports one in 65 Minnesotans through services that inspire hope, change lives and build community. Statewide, the organization seeks to foster safe and supportive homes for children, restore health and wellness in families, empower people with disabilities to live the lives they imagine, and promote health, independence and quality of life for older adults. For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, visit www.lssmn.org.

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