While writing to my Compassion sponsor child, Miurell the other day, I was reflecting on the multitude of children in need; not just internationally, but nationally and provincially as well. So many live without the proper basic care and essentials that come from living in a stable, safe environment. I decided to do some research on the foster care system on PEI and found out that as of May 2015, there were 70 Foster Families looking after 300 children. On average, that is 4-5 children per family, and I am sure that number has only increased during this past year. This prompted me to find out how myself and other Islanders can support the PEI Federation of Foster Families. Here are three ways that you can make a difference:
1. Donate to the Canadian Foster Family Association by visiting their website
2. Attend an upcoming Foster Parent Information Session in Summerside (August 17th)
3. Consider becoming a Foster Parent
I was encouraged to learn that anyone (including those who are single) can become a Foster Parent as long as they meet a set of criteria in an assessment process, have been a resident of PEI for at least six months, plan to stay on the Island for at least two years, are financially stable, and are 21 years of age or older.
Check out www.gov.pe.ca/beafosterparent/ for more information.
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