Nationwide, more than 350,000 children and youth under the age of 18 are living in out-of-home care throughout the year. In the state of Connecticut, there are over 4,000 youth in out-of-home placement.
During the month of May, Boys & Girls Village joined the National Foster Care Month initiative to raise awareness for the children who require foster care placement.
City of Milford Mayor Benjamin G. Blake recently presented Dr. Steven M. Kant, president and chief executive officer; Carra Conlan, director of permanency services, and Yvette Wooten, therapeutic foster care recruitment and training manager, with a Foster Care Month in Milford Proclamation at City Hall.
With the help of foster parents, many youth have found permanent homes or have been able to reunite with their birth families. Boys & Girls Village’s Therapeutic Foster Care program, which currently serves 60 children in the Greater Bridgeport, New Haven and Waterbury areas, matches qualified foster parents with children in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families (DCF).
During the past year, Boys & Girls Village has had six youth adopted into permanent families, seven youth transition into independent living situations with parental support, and five reunited with their birth families.
“Our foster parents provide loving and supportive homes for some of the state’s most vulnerable children,” said Dr. Kant. “Through our strong partnership with the Connecticut Department of Children and Families, we rely on these hard-working and caring families to provide Connecticut children with a safe and stable home environment.”
Boys & Girls Village Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) program matches qualified foster parents with children (6 to 17 years old) who are in the custody of the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. It specializes in the placement of hard-to-place youth — teenage mothers, teenagers in general, and youth with behavioral and emotional difficulties.
Through TFC, foster parents are equipped with training and access to community resources that support them as they provide safe and loving homes for children. Finding permanent homes for children, whether with relatives or with other caring adults, has been central to Boys & Girls Village’s mission of helping at-risk children succeed in life.
For more information visit bgvillage.org.