All Children Really Want Is Love

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Are you looking to foster a child but aren’t sure how to go about doing so?

The Children’s Aid Society of Algoma wants to help with that.

They held their third information session for people interested in fostering children on Tuesday afternoon at their Northern Ave. location.

“Our current foster care system is full, so we’re always looking and recruiting new foster parents,” Melissa Gioia, Foster Care Coordinator for CAS Algoma, told SaultOnline.

“This information session was just to provide people that may be interested or have been thinking about being foster parents to provide them with the information, what the process will look like, what happens after your home is approved, and what that’s going to entail and what that’s going to look like as you enter your role as a foster parent.”

Gioia said they’re looking for people who are willing to provide a safe, loving, nurturing home environment to children, whether it be on a longer-term basis, or just for a short time.

“We’re looking for people to just provide homes for children,” she said.

She said holding these sessions is important to help people understand the ins and outs of foster parenting.

“I think people can be intimidated by fostering,” she explained. “I think it’s important for them to know what it’s about.”

Deanne Morley has been a foster parent for over 30 years, 16 of them for CAS of Algoma. She attended Tuesday’s information session as a guest speaker so people in attendance could get a sense of what it’s like to be a foster parent and ask questions to a person in that position.

“A lot of people are misinformed about what CAS is all about and what fostering is all about and they don’t think they can do it,” she told SaultOnline.

She said her experiences as a child are what drew her to become a foster parent.

“All children really want is love and they want someone to care about them,” she said. “They want to be a part of a family and to me that is important. I just think that just one person can make such a difference in a child’s life.

“And I would like to save all the children if I could, but the ones that come to me, I try my best to do the best that I can for them while they’re in my care,” she continued.

Morley said although sometimes it’s a struggle, being a foster parent can also be very rewarding.

“It’s a great reward when you see them meet their milestones. It makes you very proud when you see how well they’ve turned out and to see the joy on their face, their smiles, their giggles,” she explained. “There’s nothing I like better than the laughter of children. You know that they’re happy then. It’s just such a reward to know that you’ve made a difference in a child’s life.”

She recounted a time when she spent an afternoon teaching one of her foster children how to ride a bike and how rewarding it felt when he achieved his goal.

“That night I hear him – I’m out on the deck and he comes  around the corner of the garage saying, ‘I’m the king of the castle! I can ride my bike!’ and I thought at that moment, if that child leaves here today, I’ve at least taught him how to ride a bike, I have taught him something, he will go away with something,” she said.

Her advice to anyone interested in becoming a foster parent? Come on board.

“You will have a lifetime full of memories, of joy, and you will give the opportunity to a child that they may never ever have,” she said. “It doesn’t take much, you just have to love them and take care of them.”

Tuesday evening’s 6 p.m. session has been postponed due to inclimate weather.

The next scheduled sessions will take place May 6 at noon and 6:30p.m.

For more information, you can reach the CAS at 705-949-0162 or by visiting their website here.

38 COMMENTS

  1. Lmao!! Yeah ok!!
    Not all FOSTER FAMILIES, or Foster Parents, are nice people or good at taking care of some else’s children. #experience, it’s not a horrible thing to attach or show some compassion or empathy towards a child that isn’t yours who is adjusting it not adjusting to their now new situation, or that you’re housing for however long.
    I know some foster people who just shouldn’t be a foster person, because they just don’t have what it takes to be a parent to begin with, its pkay to think with your heart and not always your head. It’s okay to be compassionate and hav fun with the kids like as if they were yours. It’s ok to fall in love with their little personalities, or to miss them when they are gone. Its okay to worry about them. Its called beig a parent and being a caring loving human being with a heart! That’s what most of the kids who come into foster system need more than anything.

    #ExperiencedAndAFunctioningHeartNeeded!

  2. Its truly a far from perfect set up that’s for sure!! I see children being fostered in a home of multiple criminals and drug use and sales and nothing being done about it regardless of the multiple concerned neighbours calls and in the same breath can take a compliant from someones vindictive ex and remove the child and cause terror and fear and damaging those children only to have unfounded claims in the end!! There are far too many of these exact scenarios in our city and seems the bad clearly out weigh the good experiences when it comes to the CAS and their procedures!

  3. Until your a child ripped from their home, everything they know, you will never understand how terrifying it is, even if the home life is terrible, these children most definitely need time to heal, understanding and education on the foster parents part, otherwise its devastating for the child.

  4. All children really want is to be home with their biological families that CAS destroys. How about creating services that support parents – real parents instead of supporting the corrupt society and foster parents. Cas needs oversight and children need to be returned home to their parents who have nothing to live for anymore once their children are ripped out of their arms.

  5. Although I truly believe there are fantastic foster homes out there, there are also terrible homes, where children are not loved, they are name called, made to feel even less human, and treated terribly, I agree the system is broken, I think children are at times put into worse situations.

  6. Ummm no they need their voices to be heard and their Rights Respected. They need Services and less behaviour control medication. They need Focus to be put on Families and Prevention. Not Funding based on Apprehension Rates. This System needs to be abolished and re-created from the bottom up and the top down 🌟

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