On Saturday, Dec. 13, The United Methodist Children’s Home hosted our annual Christmas event to celebrate the holidays with the families and children we serve. More than 275 volunteers, foster families, family housing residents and staff joined together to celebrate Christmas at The Children’s Home.
The Children’s Home Christmas by the numbers:
- 77 families participated in our Christmas shopping event
- 258 people ate 630 slices of bacon and 516 pancakes
- 103 volunteers contributed 321 hours on Saturday
- 275 Santa hats were distributed to Foster Care families, family housing residents, volunteers and staff
As we celebrate this season of giving with our loved ones, the need for loving foster families has never been greater. This weekend, The Children’s Home received requests to place 17 children in warm, loving foster homes. So far, we have been able to place six of these children in time for the holidays. Please consider opening your home to a child in need.
Children’s Home Foster Care programs at a glance
The Children’s Home has served more than 200 foster care children and youth in 2014 through the Foster Care, Transitional and Independent Living programs, and the programs continue to help more youth for longer periods of time. The Children’s Home has provided more than 22,000 days of care to our foster children and youth this year, an increase of more than 46 percent from 2013.
How you can help:
Help us recruit new foster parents. Spread the word to your friends and community that safe, nurturing foster families are needed.
Consider becoming a foster parent. Homes are needed for a racially and ethnically diverse population of children and youth, and particularly for sibling groups of two children or more, teenagers, and medically fragile children of all ages. Most of the children will have developmental, emotional or educational delays.
Attend one of our informational meetings to learn more. These orientation classes can be held at other settings, such as churches, or on an individual basis. IMPACT training, which is required for anyone wishing to foster or adopt through the State Foster Care System, is offered free in our Decatur and Gainesville offices.