Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota (LSS) is seeking foster parents for children and youth in need. If you have a special heart for children, consider becoming a foster parent.
On an average day in 2019, there were approximately 9,300 children in foster care in Minnesota, according to the Minnesota Department of Human Services. Most children are referred to foster care because of parental drug abuse and neglect.
Even amidst COVID-19, Minnesota still has a great need for foster parents to provide safe, supportive homes for children and youth. According to researchers with Harvard University, supportive relationships with adults are key to children developing resiliency.
“It is vital for children in foster care to have support from caring adults during this difficult time in their lives,” said Jodi Raidt, statewide program manager with Lutheran Social Service. “We need families who are committed to children’s overall wellbeing.”
Foster parents can be single or married, home owners or renters. Lutheran Social Service is seeking prospective foster parents who have time to listen, support young people through challenges, and provide positive relationships in the family and community. Flexibility, patience, consistency, and a healthy sense of humor are also ideal characteristics for foster parents.
Lutheran Social Service provides Therapeutic Foster Care, which is a highly supportive,
trauma-informed service. Foster parents receive ongoing education and support. Children also receive weekly support from a mental health professional.
If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, mark your calendars for Wednesday, May 20, at 4:30 p.m. when Lutheran Social Service will host an online information session. Registration is available on Eventbrite at http://bit.ly/2KPV4LZ. You can also learn more by contacting Jodi Raidt at firstname.lastname@example.org or (612) 879-5219, or by visiting http://www.fostercaremn.org.
Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota began in 1865 when a Lutheran pastor and his congregation opened an orphanage for children near Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. Today, with 2,400 employees and 8,000 volunteers, Lutheran Social Service supports one in 65 Minnesotans through services that inspire hope, change lives, and build community. Statewide, the organization seeks to foster safe and supportive homes for children, restore health and wellness in families, empower people with disabilities to live the lives they imagine, and promote health, independence, and quality of life for older adults. For comprehensive information about the work of Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota, visit http://www.lssmn.org.