Not all heroes wear capes; some save the day by opening their hearts and homes to children in need. Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) is seeking families like you who want to be heroes for some of the state’s most vulnerable children. Those without the stability of a home are often shuffled in and out of group homes and care facilities every few months without the ability to develop long-term connections. These connections are essential to establishing a sense of self-worth, love and security that children need to grow and thrive.
Canopy is hosting an informational meeting for individuals and families interested in learning more about therapeutic foster care through Canopy and the many ways to be a part of a transformational experience. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, March 6, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Canopy office located at 105 Asbury Circle, Suite A, in Hattiesburg.
Canopy believes that all children deserve to grow up in nurturing, stable families. When children are removed from their homes and placed into foster care, it is often due to circumstances involving abuse, neglect and/or exploitation. Following such traumatic events, children need individuals or families to provide loving reassurance in the comfort of a temporary safe haven.
“When children come into the state’s custody and there aren’t enough foster homes available to take them in, they often end up in group homes, shelters or long-term residential treatment facilities,” said Elliott Brown, Therapeutic Foster Care (TFC) Program Supervisor for Canopy Children’s Solutions. “Children who come into the TFC program are in the greatest need of a family to show them what it means to be loved and cared for.”
Canopy’s TFC Program specializes in the care of foster children with emotional, developmental and medical needs. When children are enrolled in the program, they receive individualized interventions that are designed to address their individualized needs in the most comprehensive manner possible. Canopy’s TFC staff not only provide direct support to foster children through individual and family therapy, but also to resource families through ongoing training and per diem payments.
Ultimately, the TFC Program is looking for compassionate and dedicated resource parents who are willing to provide much-needed care to foster children with therapeutic needs.
Fostering is an opportunity to draw upon one’s own compassion, generosity and wisdom to help another person in need. While the challenges are great, the rewards of fostering are even greater. Like a superhero, you can save the day and undoubtedly improve the world around us in a profoundly positive way.