NC Senator Tamara Barringer on the need for adoptive parents for foster children
It has been a long-standing problem: Older kids who are in foster care often get moved from home to home, and as they get older, it becomes more difficult for them to be adopted. Now, a grant to the Children’s Home Society from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption in the amount of $2.4 million will triple the number of workers the society has looking for permanent homes for kids older than 9.
The state got the ball rolling with $3.75 million grant some years ago. And the Children’s Home Society gets information about older kids in need of homes from county social workers.
State Sen. Tamara Barringer of Cary has been the notable leader in advocacy for adoptive children. It has been her cause. “We have a foster care crisis in North Carolina,” she said. “We have over 12,000 children in foster care.” Half of those children, she said, will not find permanent families. And that puts them at risk for becoming homeless or being exploited by human traffickers.
“These children, to have a chance in life, deserve a permanent family,” the senator said. She is, as she long has been, absolutely right. One child who got that right long ago was the late Dave Thomas, who was adopted and founded the Wendy’s corporation, which enabled him to become an advocate for adoption. His foundation’s gifts help others stand up for children.