Article spotlights need to help kids in crisis

Thank you for the wonderful feature article that The Herald published on Oct. 16 about Families For Kids (“All they want is someone home”). I work at Catholic Community Services in Everett, one agency among the many that Families For Kids serves as a referral base.

Every day our phones ring with a request to place children in licensed foster homes, and often we must say no. Unfortunately, the needs of children usually exceed the number of homes available.

We license homes for regular long-term foster care as well as homes to serve our Crisis Nursery program where children stay for a maximum of 72 hours per visit in a family emergency or crisis. We license Catholic and non-Catholic families alike, and serve all children in need.

Children have no control over the experiences in their lives which have made them vulnerable and unable to remain in their original homes. Caring adults, who can offer a safe, loving family environment to these children through foster care, often literally save lives by doing so.

Thank you again for calling attention to the ongoing, critical need for foster care.

Foster Home Licensor

Catholic Community Services

Everett

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