WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (CBS12) — Foster parents are the backbone of our community-based care system used to care for children and teens in the foster care system. That is why the Secretary of the Department of Children and Families Shevaun Harris, came to visit some of them right in Palm Beach County for a round table, hosted by Forever Family partners at ChildNet, to emphasize the administration's commitment to ensuring they have the resources they need.
“We want to celebrate them and let them know how much we appreciate everything that they are doing,” Harris said at the round table. “And it is the highlight of the job, getting to hear from you all, and would like to get your feedback.”
The secretary also wants to encourage foster families and parents to find out more about the vast resources being offered by connecting with a Hope Navigator at 850-300-HOPE (4673).
When you have someone at the top, and the passion for the kids.”
“Ah, today was just great. Getting to meet the secretary, Ms. Harris, being at the table with Mr. Larry,” said T. Smith, a therapeutic foster parent, “When you have someone at the top, and the passion for the kids.”
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Foster mom Tyra Joynur adds, “I think kids coming into foster care for the first time need to have a moratorium.”
There is a dire need in our area for more people to become foster parents, especially to teenagers. If you would like to find out more, visit foreverfamily.org.