Jeffco DHR encourages people to become foster parents

BESSEMER, AL (WBRC) - All month long, counties all over the state will be promoting campaigns encouraging people to be foster parents.

Tammy Straate and her husband have five adoptive and six foster children in their Pleasant Grove home.

And the need for more foster parents is tremendous in Alabama.

Family Court Judge Jill Ganus says in Jefferson County DHR's Bessemer Division has more than 300 children in the foster care system. Some  have been through tough situations.
"Usually it's a parent or relative that has tried to do relative resource they just can't do it for physical limitations, said Judge Ganus. "And the economy, if they are not a licensed foster parent they are trying to take on financial responsibility of the child."

"There's nothing to be afraid of, just bring them in and treat them like your own, and it doesn't take long before you fall in love with that child," said Tammy Straate, a foster and adoptive parent.

There are nearly 7000 children in Alabama's foster care system.

Through recruitment campaigns this month, the goal is to place as many children in loving homes as possible..

For more information on fostering or adopting a child you  call 1-800- 4 -ALKIDS..that's 1-800-425-5437.