Oct. 20, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Social Development Minister Kelly Lamrock issued the following message in recognition of National Foster Family Week, Oct. 19-23:
National Foster Family Week is celebrated during the third week of October every year to recognize the valuable contribution that foster families make to our communities and to our children.
Foster families form an important network of safe, caring homes for children. They have a very challenging and demanding role, and they provide care for children when parents are unable to do so. In New Brunswick, more than 700 foster and provisional families provide a stable, nurturing home environment for about 1,300 children.
Foster families do not simply provide children with food and shelter. They offer them a supportive environment while supporting their interaction with their birth families. They are key members of a team dedicated to helping children and youth work through problems. Foster parents work with the social workers in their communities to meet individual educational, medical and developmental needs.
Children in foster care range in age from infants to teenagers. Our foster families have welcomed these children into their homes, and they should be admired and congratulated for the services they provide every day.
I also recognize the New Brunswick Foster Families Association for the work it does and the support it provides to our foster families. It advocates for children, provides a support network, and participates in the development and delivery of foster family training all across our province.
Finally, I encourage all families to consider becoming a foster family. It is a rewarding experience, and it is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of New Brunswick's children.