Rhode Island Agency Ramping Up Efforts To Recruit Foster Parents

Oct 14, 2013

A Providence social service agency is stepping up its efforts to recruit foster parents.   Officials at Family Service of Rhode Island say children are being forced to live in group homes for lack of a loving family. 

Foster mother Lynne Bates of Tiverton says the experience has been rewarding.
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As Lynne Bates prepares a Sunday meal of roasted chicken and mashed potatoes she reflects on the last 12 years, years in which a parade of ten foster children have passed through her home.  She has two biological children and adopted two of the foster children.  She’s the first to tell you fostering is not always easy, but she says it’s definitely worth it.

"Really well but it’s not always been easy. You know it’s an adjustment however you look at it. Blending families sometimes can be challenging. But I think it’s a good learning experience as well. I wanted my children to know there are children that are less fortunate and become grateful for what they have," said Bates.

The agency Bates works with, Family Service of Rhode Island, says it could use at least a dozen more foster families. They’re holding an informational session October 23rd at their office on Thurbers Avenue in Providence.

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