Letters to the Editor

Layton letter: Foster care

November is National Adoption Month. With sincerest gratitude, thank you to all who have helped to meet the needs of the children in our community. This year has been one of tremendous generosity and care from our community to the approximately 750 children who are in foster care in the greater Treasure Valley. Adoptive families have provided permanency for over 98 children who have not been able to return home.

Organizations and individuals have assisted with diaper drives, school supplies, clothing, care kits, beds, and many other needs. Community members have stepped forward to open their hearts and homes for foster care. Family members have come forward to be safe placements for relative children who have experienced a crisis.

We need continued help from you and our community. Foster homes are needed for school-age children and older youth, as well as foster homes that culturally reflect the diversity of children in care, such as additional Spanish-speaking/bilingual foster families.

Join us for a Foster Care Informational Meeting to learn how you can help. Visit http://www.icwrtc.org/events/info-meetings for details.

If you have a heart for making a difference by opening your heart and home, please visit www.fosteringidaho.org or dial 2-1-1, the Idaho Careline.

Monique Layton, Fostering Idaho, Nampa