In 1988, President Ronald Reagan issued the first Presidential proclamation declaring May as National Foster Care Month. The initial intent of that proclamation was to recognize foster parents for opening their homes to provide a safe environment for children who need temporary out-of-home placement. The theme varies each year, but the overall focus remains the same; it is a time dedicated to bringing awareness to the needs of children in foster care and honoring those who work to make a positive difference in their lives.
In honor of National Foster Care Month, Foundations Health & Wholeness’s Fox Valley foster care office is hosting an Open House on Thursday, May 30th from 4:30 – 6:30 pm at 446 N Westhill Blvd, Suite A in Appleton. The public is invited to attend the event at their brand new location to learn more about one of the newest nonprofit organizations in the community. Refreshments and light appetizers will be served.
“Whether you are considering becoming a foster parent or respite caregiver, or you want to find other ways to support children in need, we invite you to join us for this free event. We will have informational materials available for those interested in learning more about fostering and current foster parents will be on hand to answer any questions,” Regional Foster Care Director Jess Drews said. “If you are not able to become a foster parent but want to help us spread the word about the need for foster parents, we would love to talk to you about how you can help too. It takes a community to provide security and love for children. We can’t do it without you!”
The Fox Valley office opened its doors in April 2019 to address the growing need for foster parents throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. Foundations Health & Wholeness has 3 other offices which serve the Green Bay area, the Lakeshore Area, and Greater Milwaukee.