Foster care during the holidays

More than 1500 children in Idaho will spend the holidays in foster care (Joel Carter, Pexels).

For many of us, home and the holidays go hand in hand. The season is often spent alongside family and friends.

Yet, for more than 1500 children in Idaho, their holidays are spent in foster care.

"These are kids in our communities who need a safe place to grow up," said Monique Layton, Recruitment Coordinator for Fostering Idaho.

Monique says there is a great need for more families to open their homes to these children and that need doesn't go away with the season.

"This is a time of year when it's really on our minds, we want to help these kids have a good family experience, especially around the holidays," said Kevin Harper, a foster dad. "But, year round, there is a need for these kids to have loving homes."

Kevin and his wife have been foster parents for seventeen years.

He says in that time they have realized there really isn't a secret formula to being a foster parent. You just have to be willing to try.

"These kids just want to be loved. They want to know that there is someone who cares for them and loves them. They are obviously in a really tough place over the holidays, not being in their home and they are uncomfortable with that. But, just loving on them and letting them know they are loved for life and this isn't just a stop in the road. We are a connection for life. They love that and they respond to that," said Kevin.

Of course being a foster parent is not for everyone, but every foster child does deserve a loving parent.

That's why this season, and always, Fostering Idaho is encouraging people who are even just a little bit interested in fostering to come and learn more.

For more information about becoming a foster parent or just offering support to foster parents, click here.

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