Learn about the foster care system this Sunday

The Foster Care Fair comes to Pybus Public Market this Sunday, 1-4 p.m.

Stop by to learn about the different kinds of foster agencies, the requirements for becoming a foster parent, and other ways — besides foster parenting — that you can help kids in the system. Experts will be on hand to answer your questions, even if becoming a foster parent is something you never considered before, even if you’re not quite sure you’re ready to become a foster parent just yet. There are SO many other ways you can help children in the foster system — from donations to volunteer opportunities — and there will be folks at Pybus on Sunday to tell you all about them all.

At 2 p.m., there will be a panel discussion with foster care professionals and a young woman who spent time in the foster system as a child. You can ask the panel anything you’ve ever wondered about the foster care system. Like, “Do I have to be married to become a foster parent?” (No.) Or, “Do I have to be straight?” (No.) “Will somebody train me so I know what I’m doing?” (Yes, and foster parent training is free.)

The foster care system across the country is overwhelmed right now, in large part because of the opioid epidemic that has torn so many families apart. An estimated 500,000 children are in the foster care system nationally. These are kids in desperate need of stable and loving homes. If you feel called to help, stop by this worthwhile event on Sunday and talk to the people who can get you started on the foster parenting path.

For more information about the Foster Care Fair, contact Hayley Stoebner of FosteringWA at 509-322-1191 or at hstoebner@ewu.edu.

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