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Some where there’s a child that needs a home

Some where there’s a child that needs a home
Youth Villages has an urgent need for foster parents to provide loving, temporary homes to children and teens in rural West Tennessee.
Youth Villages offers a free orientation meeting for people interested in learning more about becoming foster parents. Orientations are scheduled for Jan. 4 and 7 at 6 p.m. in the Civic Club Room at McWherter Civic Center at 589 Evergreen St., Dresden. Foster parent training classes are set to begin Jan. 11 and run two evenings a week through Feb. 11. Dinner and drinks will be served during evening classes. Alternate Saturday training is offered as well, beginning on Jan. 16. Youth Villages provides two meals and drinks during Saturday trainings.
More than 500 children enter foster care every year in rural West Tennessee, according to the state of Tennessee’s Department of Children’s Services. Youth Villages, which has partnered with the DCS since 1992 to help recruit, train and support foster families in Tennessee, faces an acute shortage of foster families in rural West Tennessee.
“Being a foster parent is one of the most rewarding things you can ever do,” said Michael Vowell, West Tennessee regional supervisor, Youth Villages. “To be a foster parent, all you need is to love children, feel called to help them live successful lives and be committed to providing a structured yet nurturing home environment. Becoming a foster parent is easy, and Youth Villages supports you 100 percent through the process and once you have children placed in your home.”
To become a foster parent for Youth Villages, individuals must be at least 25 years of age, be single or legally married for at least one year, have income above the poverty level, pass a background check, have adequate space in their homes and complete Youth Villages’ foster parenting classes.
Youth Villages is a private non-profit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. Headquartered in Memphis, Youth Villages this year will help more than 15,000 children and families in 10 states and Washington, D.C., through a wide array of programs, including intensive in-home services, residential treatment, foster care and adoption, transitional living services, mentoring and crisis services.
Youth Villages’ focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home or in a home-like setting two years after completing a Youth Villages program. Youth Villages recently was identified by The White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented non-profit organizations. For more information about Youth Villages, visit www.youthvillages.org or call (901) 251-5000.

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