Youth Villages hosted a drive-thru parade Saturday afternoon. The parade was held in observance of National Adoption Awareness Month.
Andy and Debbie Watts have fostered children for years, both together as a married couple and before they were married.
There are more than 415,000 children in the United States in the foster care system and nearly 8,000 of those children live in Tennessee.
The Jewett-Winter family has a long history of adoption. Pam herself was adopted by her parents, and her mom also was adopted.
For Middle Tennessee-based Jaywanna Neal, fostering is second nature. Growing up, her mom opened her home to foster children.
Foster Care Training and Recruiting Supervisor Jessie Bernardini in Chattanooga was a featured guest on Good Morning Chattanooga this morning promoting adoption awareness month.
The looming uncertainty surrounding Tuesday’s election can take a toll on voters mentally. Plus local law enforcement is on standby in anticipation of any unrest associated with the election.
Sometimes life throws so many challenges and obstacles at a family that both the parents and kids feel like they have nowhere to turn.
Youth Villages recently received a $30,000 grant from the Evergreen Foundation in Waynesville. The contribution will support Youth Villages’ LifeSet™ program, which supports young people ages 17-22 who are aging out of foster care.
The Youth Villages LifeSet Program, designed to help young people aging out of foster care or juvenile justice custody, has proven a success, according to officials with the program in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.