by Paula DeAngelis-Stein
“Whoever welcomes a child in my name welcomes me.” (Mark 9:37)
Throughout the world, foster parents open their hearts and homes to children in need. According to the International Foster Care Organization (www.ifco.info) “Foster care is a way of providing a family life for children who cannot live with their own parents.”
On today’s “Our Daily Bread” show, hosted by Fr. Paul D. Seil, the topic of Foster Care is on the table. Joining Fr. Paul in the kitchen is Virginia Goodremote, director of Foster Care at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna, NY.
“In 2012, in New York State alone, there were over 20,000 children in foster care,” Virginia explains. “Foster care provides a child or young adult temporary care while every effort is made to reunite them with their caregivers. Most children are removed from their home due to issues of abuse or neglect. When children are removed quickly they may not have time to pack their belongings. In the rush belongings sometimes get packed into in garbage bags.”
Care-cases are now being provided to these children so they are able walk out of a difficult situation with hope and dignity. Deacon Paul Snyder of St. Mary Parish in Swormville is heading up project Care-case in the Western New York area, and will also join Fr. Paul in the kitchen.
“It is our hope, that by giving a Care-case to a foster child, it will help them feel more loved and secure during the difficult transition they need to make in their lives, explains Deacon Paul. “These duffle bags will be filled with items such as: T-shirts, fleece blankets, stuffed animal, toothbrush and paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, pajamas and books.”
The primary goal of foster care is to reunite the family. “In instances when reunification is not possible, foster families may provide adoptive homes for the children in their care, or assist in transitioning children into an appropriate adoptive placement or to independent living,” comments Virginia.
To learn more about Foster Care, tune in to “Our Daily Bread” Saturday, May 13th at 6:30 a.m. and Noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7. On the menu are family friendly dishes: Non Dairy Pasta made with sausage and roasted red tomatoes, Kibbee which is a Lebanese dish made from lamb, and a very simple Pasta with cheese and pepper sauce. All the day’s recipes can be found at www.odbtv.org and entire “Our Daily Bread” shows can be viewed on the Daybreak TV Productions YouTube Channel.
For more information regarding the Care Cases please contact: Project coordinator- Susan Snyder 716-465-4917 FaceBook Page- Facebook.com/carecaseswny
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