There are a little over 500 children in foster homes waiting to be adopted in Idaho. Saturday the National Foster Parent Association hosted a 5K fundraiser to help bring awareness about the needs and issues of child welfare in Idaho.
Getting a good workout for a great cause was the goal for many of these walkers at Freeman Park in Idaho Falls Saturday morning.
“We just wanted to support the foster kids program. A lot of these walks and runs are for good causes and it’s a beautiful day, so we just wanted to support them,” said Yvonne Rolfe, a Participant with the Foster Care Walk.
The “Walk Me Home, to the Place Where I Belong 5K fundraiser” was to help promote fostering and raise funds for state and local organizations and the National Foster Parent Association.
“That is one of the biggest things when we do races is that our money is going towards the good cause,” said Brittney Grossman, another Participant with the Foster Care Walk.
The event also featured games, dancing, and raffle give away prizes.
“It feels really good. Its two fold, you get to support something, you get to be with friends and family, and you feel healthier when you go home. It can help in all the areas in our life and it makes us feel good, to get out and do something we like together for a great cause,” added Rolfe.
There are about 18 hundred children in foster care in Idaho and over half of them have been abused or neglected. Officials say they are always in need of good homes for these kids and if you are interested don’t hesitate to get more information.
“It’s really a rewarding thing and it is much needed because so many families are in crisis. Sometimes it is just for a short time that the children need an out of home placement and sometimes it’s for an extended period of time. There is also a possibility that some children will need to be adopted into a new family with a forever family,” said Julianne Rinard, the President of Foster Parent Association.
The average time a child is in foster care in Idaho is about 18 months and because of the recession it has been more difficult to find foster homes and parents ready to adopt. For more information on how you can help these Idaho kids in need you can click on the link below.http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Children/AdoptionFosterCareHome/tabid/75/Default.aspx