When you were growing up, was there a person who always made you feel safe? Someone who would be on your side and encourage you through difficult situations? Someone who gave you hope? Many children in the custody of the Mississippi Department of Child Protection Services (CPS) are in desperate need of someone, and that someone could be you. Canopy Children’s Solutions (Canopy) is seeking families looking to make a difference in the lives of children. Youth in foster care 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 and the many ways to be a part of a transformational experience. The meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. at the Canopy office located at 1465 Lakeland Drive in Jackson.
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.
“On average, we receive about two applications per day from CPS requesting children to be placed into our Therapeutic Foster Care program,” said Toni Fletcher, Permanency Supervisor for Canopy Children’s Solutions. “It is heartbreaking to have to decline requests due to a lack of available foster homes. Having a home and a stable, loving family can truly impact the trajectory of a child’s life. It may offer them the first glimpse of hope they’ve had in a long time.”
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 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.