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A staff reportBladen County’s Department of Social Services is calling on individuals in the community to become the crucial missing piece in a child’s life by offering Foster/Adoptive Parent Classes. With an orientation session slated for March 7, 2024, the classes aim to prepare participants for the rewarding journey of fostering or adopting a child in need.Fostering a child can be one of the most fulfilling and transformative decisions in a person’s life. Here are five reasons why someone might consider being a foster or adopted parent:1. Fulfilling the Dream of Parenthood: For those who cannot conceive, being a foster/adoptive parent is a path to realizing the dream of adding a child to their family. It’s a chance to share life with a child and experience the unique journey of parenthood.2. Providing a Stable Home for a Child in Need: There are millions of children worldwide who do not have a stable, loving home. Opening a home for care can change a child’s life trajectory, offering them the nurturing environment they need to thrive.3. Creating Meaningful Relationships: Fostering children creates new, meaningful relationships not just between the adoptive parents and the child, but often with the birth parents too. It’s a journey that weaves lives together in unexpected and rewarding ways.4. Building Families in Various Ways: The modern family comes in many forms, and fostering children provides a valuable option for people to build their families.5. Supporting Communities: Fostering or adopting children can demonstrate the power of community. It often involves a network of people working together to support the child, the birth parents, and the adoptive parents, reinforcing the idea that it takes a village to raise a child.Each of these reasons highlights the impact an adoptive parent can have on the child in need of a home.The series of classes, beginning on March 12, will span five weeks and equip potential foster and adoptive parents with the knowledge and skills necessary to provide compassionate and loving homes. The classes will be held at 208 E. McKay Street in Elizabethtown, NC. Interested parties are encouraged to reach out for additional information and seize the opportunity to make a profound difference in a child’s life. Contact 910-862-8600 or email smanuel@bladenco.org.

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