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Gratitude for north country foster families

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Each May during National Foster Care month, we salute the compassionate people who make a difference in the lives of Northern New York’s children and families throughout the year.

Young people in foster care especially need nurturing adults on their side when their own families are in crisis and unable to care for them. Thanks to the kindness and dedication of foster families, many of these formerly abused or neglected children and teens will either safely reunite with their parents, be cared for by relatives or be adopted by loving families.

We applaud the caring commitment, structure and consistency these families provide. Without the ongoing efforts of foster parents, relatives, caregivers, mentors, advocates, social workers and volunteers, too many children will end up facing life’s challenges all alone.

Together, we can offer young people in foster care the guidance, stability and love that are so essential for becoming successful adults. We greatly appreciate and recognize all that our foster families do to help change a lifetime for a child in need.

Gayle Reilly

Watertown

The writer is recruitment and retention manager, House of the Good Shepard.

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