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Letter: National Foster Care Month

At any given day, there are over 4,000 youth in Connecticut in need of a home, and the number will continue to increase as foster families dwindle.  These youth, who lack the nurturing relationships that is crucial to their development, deserve an equal opportunity at a successful life, and sometimes their only hope is the love and care of a foster family.  As National Foster Care Month approaches, Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven desperately seeks families and individuals of all backgrounds who are interested in providing the necessary care for a youth in need.

Foster parenting is not for everyone, but we believe that if more people spread the word regarding our mission, then it would help us find more families; those who have the time, care and patience it takes to parent one of these youths.  There are families and individuals out there who have lots of love to share.  We just need you to help us reach them.

Although they might not show it, every youth that is placed in our program needs a solid support system.  It is our goal to place these youth in a stable home, so we will work with you every step of the way.  We get to know all of our families prior to placement, and ensure that the needs of the youth match the strengths of your parenting style.  We provide extensive training, and our case workers are on call ready to assist in urgent situations.  The stipend supports household stability, so that we can help create a bright future for these deserving individuals.

If you feel as if you or someone you know has the time, care and love to provide to a youth in foster care, please do not hesitate to contact us.  If you would like to hear more about the program, attend an informational session, or have someone you would like to refer, please reach out as we look forward to your correspondence.  Contact our Foster Care Team Leader Elaine Benevides, LCSW, at (203) 389-5599 ext. 115 or ebenevides@jfsnh.org.  People of all religions, races, sexual orientation, or cultural backgrounds are welcome to apply as the youth come from varied backgrounds.

Thank you,

Jewish Family Service of Greater New Haven

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