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Community Rallies Together to Bring Awareness to Foster Care at Sixth Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day

Sixth Annual Foster Care Awareness Family DayClarksville, TN – The sixth annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day celebration was recently held at the LEAP plaza. Despite inclement weather about 450 members of the Clarksville Community gathered together to learn about foster care and learning what it takes to become a foster parent.

Hosted by the Department of Children Services, Centerstone, Health Connect, Clarksville Family Therapy, OmiVisions, Youth Villages, Mental Health Cooperative, and the LEAP Organization, the goal of this event was to create greater awareness of children in need who remain in state custody and want to become members of foster families.

Sixth Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day
Sixth Annual Foster Care Awareness Family Day

Providing entertainment for those in attendance was Deztin “DJ” Pryor who kept the music flowing and allowed the youth who were in attendance to have fun and “cut loose” on the dance floor.

The dance floor provided an opportunity for adults to have fun along with the young people who were dancing and enjoying the music. The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office was represented and a repeat performance by the “dancing deputy,” Deputy Kelley Potter who reinforces the community commitment and spirit of the sheriff’s office.

There are many reasons that children and young adults are in the foster care system. They could be removed from an abusive home or unsafe living environment, or death of their biological parents and no relatives able to care for them. Foster Care Awareness Family Day was created to bring awareness to the need of additional foster parents and families.

Sixth Annual Foster Care Awareness Family DayRyan Unsell who is a LEAP Resource Coordinator, and a product of foster care, shared his thoughts about foster families, “Though the time spent with a foster parent may be temporary, the love and opportunities they provide will last a lifetime.”

The month of May is when Foster Care Awareness is brought to the attention of the public, although the shortage of resource homes is an ongoing issue that is year round. This issue can be resolved by more members of our community becoming Foster/Resource Parents.

If you are interested in finding out about becoming a Foster/Resource Parent, these are some of the requirements posted on the Department of Children’s Services Website; ( www.tn.gov/youth/fostercare/becomefosterparent.htm ) Give without the expectation of immediate returns, have room in their home and daily life, learn and use proven behavioral management skills, and love and care for children with problems.

Resource Parents can be married or single with or without children of their own. They can be employed or unemployed as long as they are able to financially able to meet their own needs. They must be in good health, over 21 years of age and be a homeowner or renter. The process consists of passing a background check, checking references, completing the required training, and participating in a home study.

For more information on becoming a resource parent call 1.877.DCS.KIDS

Richard Garrett
Richard Garretthttp://leaporg.net/
City Councilman Richard "Reason" Garrett has gained extensive business knowledge and negotiating skills as the Executive Director of the LEAP Organization.  LEAP Org provides youth development services.  As a licensed realtor for Keller Williams Realty, he is known for his tenacity, perseverance, honesty, and fairness.  A proud APSU alum, Richard graduated with Honors with a Bachelors in Public Management.
Richard is a former active duty Marine, father of 4, and a husband with strong ties to the community. He is a graduate of Leadership Clarksville and a member of Clarksville Rotary, Clarksville Area Ministerial Association, Chamber of Commerce, Clarksville Association of Realtors Public Relations & Charity Relations Committees, and Clarksville Community Partners Group.
For more information on Richard visit www.reason4clarksville.com. He can be contacted directly at 931-378-0500 or via email richard@reason4clarksville.com

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