The philanthropic vein that runs so deeply through this area makes our plea much less burdensome.
Open your hearts and homes. Children need them.
Ottawa County needs folks who will do just that for the many foster children seeking the comfort of a guiding hand, a welcoming heart, a safe harbor.
The Michigan Department of Human Services has seen a spike in the number of Ottawa County children in its custody due to abuse or neglect. The number of children living outside their family home has increased from 145 in January 2011 to 198 by the end of April 2012.
Many factors could contribute to this significant increase — not the least of all is the recession. Many parents are strapped financially, and desperation sometimes leads to neglect and abuse.
Abusing a child, any child, is a terrible crime. And neglect, even if only slight, can have lasting impact.
All children deserve to be loved. All children deserve to be well-fed, clothed and properly educated. Most of all, children should feel safe. But all too many have not had these basic needs met.
These children need a place to call home — even if only temporarily — and an advocate. They need someone they can count on to care for them and love them for exactly who they are and what they could become. Maybe even someone who could consider permanently offering that child a home.
Could that be you? We sure hope so. So do these children.
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