Check out the photosThe Springfield area Center for Human Development held it’s annual Foster Parent Appreciation Night on Wednesday at Compari’s Ristorante on Boston Road. The gathering coincides with National Foster Care Month, which takes place in May, and is just one of a number of events the organization puts on in honor of the families that foster their children.
CHD officials say the annual dinner is an opportunity to give back to the people who step up to the challenging and rewarding role of fostering a child in need, and this year’s event “theme” if there was one, was self-care.
Putting a focus on giving the parents some of the not always necessary, but ever-welcomed tools to help alleviate some of the day-to-day stress that comes with fostering, including an opportunity for parents to partake in a painting class, and gift cards donated by Pride gas stations.
According to Yamilca Nogue, Homefinder for CHD Children and Families, “There are nearly half a million children in foster care nationwide, including about 8,700 children in Massachusetts. CHD Children and Families served over 1,627 children in 2016 including about 100 children in foster care at any given time.”
Nogue went on to cite the current opioid crisis in America as one of the leading factors in the rise of children needing foster care. “Often these kids don’t even know what it’s like to feel safe at night. A foster family can change that,” Nogue said.
The Center for Human Development welcomes all who are serious about becoming foster parents, but cautions that there is a very involved background check. “If you’re even a little interested, please call CHD Foster Care at 413-781-6556 and ask to speak with a home finder” Nogue says.
To learn more about the Center for Human Development, the other facets of their organization and any of their upcoming events, or, to learn more about the process to become a foster parent, visit the organization’s official website.
Article by Shawn Costa, originally appeared on MassLive on May 11, 2017. http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2017/05/seen_the_center_for_human_deve.html