Foster Parents Needed

Job Posted On: June 7, 2017

There are Central American children and youth in the Southeastern Pennsylvania Synodspecifically in Roslyn, PA that are in great need of either short or long term family foster care.

You can help through a “Give the Gift of Family,” a joint initiative of Lutheran Immigration and Refugee Services and the ELCA AMMPARO program.

  • You might welcome a child into your family for a few weeks or several years. There will be challenges and there will be joys. Most importantly, the child will be better equipped for the future and your life will be forever enriched. Please be in touch directly with LaMar Rice at LRice@lirs.org.

These children and youth may have had family members in the US but for a variety of reasons, can’t be united with them. Right now, there are 60 children in the US, connected to LIRS supported agencies who are need short or long-term foster care placements. They are from:

  • El Salvador: 11%
  • Guatemala: 52%
  • Honduras: 27%
  • Mexico: 2%
  • Average Age: 16
  • 36% are girls, 64% are boys

LIRS is one of two organizations in the world that provides foster care services for resettled unaccompanied refugee children. Each year, thousands of children embark on dangerous journeys seeking shelter, after being torn from their families due to war, abuse, natural disasters or conflict in their home countries. A significant fragment of our client profile includes children from around the world, with a higher need to place males between ages 14-17, from Central America’s Northern Triangle.

LIRS believes that the best way to make sure these children are both safe and equipped for a brighter tomorrow is to place them with a foster family, though consequently more foster families are urgently needed.

It’s no small thing to ‘give the gift of family.’ It takes an open heart to accept a child or young person into your home from another culture. It takes time to provide an environment in which that young person can thrive. It takes passion for nurturing a young person into independent adulthood.

You might welcome a child into your family for a few weeks or several years. There will be challenges and there will be joys. Most importantly, the child will be better equipped for the future and your life will be forever enriched. Please be in touch directly with LaMar Rice at LRice@lirs.org.

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