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May is Foster Care Awareness Month, and Youth Villages, a private nonprofit organization, is offering several opportunities for the Covington community to help children in need of homes.

“This month, we want as many local churches and businesses as possible to get involved in raising awareness of the need for foster parents,” Genesha Dorris, Youth Villages foster parent recruiter, said. “With the community’s support, we can help provide caring homes for all of the children in the area who need them.”

A statewide Day of Prayer for foster children on Sunday, May 18, will highlight Foster Care Awareness Month. Youth Villages is asking churches in the Covington-area to join other churches across Tennessee in praying for children in the community who are waiting for loving foster homes. Churches, businesses and other local organizations are also encourgaed to select a day in May to wear blue, the official color of Foster Care Awareness Month.

Flyers, prayer cards and other resources are available. For more information about your church can get involved, contact Genesha Dorris at 901-252-7648 or genesha.dorris@youthvillages.org.

Adults who are interested in becoming foster parents are invited to attend one of two free foster parent orientation sessions on Thursday, May 15 at 6 p.m. and Saturday, May 17 at 10 a.m. 

Both orientations will be held at the Youth Villages office, located at 5515 Shelby Oaks Drive, Memphis, TN 38134.

Foster parents should be over the age of 25 and residents of Tennessee. Foster parents should have viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home study.

Youth Villages provides foster parents with 24-hour access to counselors, support groups and a monthly stipend to offset the cost of adding a child to the home. Foster parents also often have the first right to adopt if the child becomes available for adoption.

For more information about becoming a foster parent or how you can help support children in need during Foster Care Awareness Month, contact Genesha Dorris at 901-252-7648 or genesha.dorris@youthvillages.org.

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