National Foster Care Month may be winding down, but For Children’s Sake is still hard at work approving new foster parents to help provide amazing care to our kiddos! Meet two of our new families below:
Benjamin Alderman & Alaina Hopkins
Benjamin Alderman and Alaina Hopkins are new parents here at FCS!
Benjamin was introduced to For Children’s Sake and fostering by his girlfriend, Alaina Hopkins, who’s mother is currently a FCS foster parent as well! Benjamin and Alaina live together, have a kind, loving, and strong relationship, and they want to be “role models and positive influences to help make children’s futures better”.
Alaina wants to “create a safe environment their foster child(ren) can experience, watch them flourish as individual(s) overtime, to help assist them to better understand their emotions, and how they can appropriately deal with them”.
Benjamin is looking forward to “build and develop connections and relationships with his foster children that can last a lifetime”, and “to have a family I could cherish and take care of, and to show them that they are loved and secure no matter what”.
Welcome to Dr. D’Anthony Spann! D’Anthony has wanted to be a foster dad for many years and was inspired by his family, faith, and friends, to become a foster dad. D’Anthony attends church every Sunday and plays the organ as well as several other instruments such as a keyboard, drums, saxophone, and clarinet, and enjoys singing in a gospel praise band, writing his own music, and creative writing. D’Anthony’s friends describe him as someone who “is happy, level-headed, and who enjoys laughter” and someone who has a “strong work ethic, honesty, and kindness in helping others”. D’Anthony says about fostering; “Fostering and Adoption is a mutually rewarding opportunity for chosen parents and children to genuinely experience a living demonstration, example and representation of the message of hope, strength, and care that is usually more spoken than purposefully shared.”
Yvette has over 30 years of experience caring for, raising, and helping children who are in need of a safe and nurturing home. Yvette is tremendously kind and accepting of others, has a calming presence, and is patient and diplomatic. Yvette’s hobbies include cooking, reading, and planning family outings.
We’re so excited to have these families join us!
May is a time to acknowledge all of the ways that people can get involved with foster care and appreciate those who work closely with kiddos in care; social workers, families, and volunteers. Even more, it’s a time to work celebrate the resilience of those kiddos in care. Want to get involved and celebrate the month?
Learn more by reading our recent article spotlighting how foster care has been impacted by COVID 19:http://www.fairfaxtimes.com/articles/fairfax_county/it-s-national-foster-care-month/article_069f42d6-9092-11ea-92e2-03ffc2d95b25.html
Visit our Q&A site to learn more about foster care and learn more about children in need of homes. Call us today to learn more and to set up an information session, and learn more about becoming a foster parent!
Reach out to your local organizations to learn more about donations needed. Most foster children come into care with only a bag or two of belongings, and foster families are always in need of support with school supplies, clothing, hygiene products, grocery and gas gift cards, etc.
Advocate and help spread the word about local foster community needs! Reach out to a local organization to learn what they may need help with. Whether that’s reaching out to an organization you’re a part of to arrange for a speaker to talk about fostering, or approaching someone in your life letting them know you think they’d be a great foster parent, all outreach helps meet the number of families needed to care for the foster kiddos needed!
For Children’s Sake works across Northern Virginia to provide quality foster homes and support to foster children in need. We’re so lucky to have such a supportive community, from our volunteers and staff to our foster families and county partnerships. Want to learn more? Call us at 703-817-9890 or email email@example.com to learn more.