FRANKLIN COUNTY (WCMH) — Franklin County Children Services is making a call for help this holiday season.
Candelaria Mota who works for the National Youth Advocate Program in Columbus says they have a growing number of children in shelters and group homes and not enough foster parents to care for them.
According to Franklin County Children’s Services, in 2014 there were 31, 683 calls made regarding allegations of abuse, abandonment or neglect.
Mota said there’s a need for for good, quality care givers to open up their heads and their homes.
“One thing I’ve seen in the 11 years I’ve been in child welfare is there’s this enhancement that happens to people’s lives. I’ve met so many children that have been absolutely changed by caregivers.”
Mota said the Rader Family is a great example of how foster care can change a child’s life.
Ross and Tracy Rader took in six siblings who were living in an abuse home where their mother left them in the attic. Now, the children are living in a loving and stable home in Grove City.
“It’s amazing what a little love, vitamins, and food will do for a kid,” foster parent Ross Rader said.
Tracy Rader grew up in the foster care system in Franklin County. She said she personally knows the importance of having a parental figure provide guidance to a child.
“There’s a lot of children in the system and we go through everyday life and we forget about those chidlren,” foster parent Tracy Rader said.
The next training class to become a foster parent through the National Youth Advocate Program is on January 14th.
National Youth Advocate Program: 1-877-692-7226