Could You Be a Foster Parent? Yes, You Can

Maine Voices: Hard work is happening to protect children, support familiesMuriel Alexander was a foster parent for 28 years in Erie, Pa. During that time she fostered 208 children. She and her husband had 5 biological children and, along the way, also adopted 14 children from foster care.

They weren’t all easy days, but Muriel said she never considered giving up fostering.

“Every child deserves a family that will give them love, support, and a commitment to forever,” says Muriel, who now volunteers with a group called Foster Erie to spread awareness about the need for foster parents in her community.

May is National Foster Care Month and Macaroni KID wanted to take that opportunity to share the great need for foster care parents in the United States.

There are more than 400,000 children in the United States in foster care, with the average child spending about a year and a half in the system, according to 2020 statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Those numbers mean more foster care parents are always needed…

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