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Free Will Baptist Children’s Home seeks foster parents

Information session planned for Thursday

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MIDDLESEX — The Free Will Baptist Children’s Home is looking for foster parents to help care for kids in need of a loving Christian family environment.

The home is set to hold an information session this week for potential foster parents. Anyone qualified and interested in fostering is encouraged to attend, said Carrie Brown, a development associate at the Home.

“Fostering isn’t thought of as being limited to young married couples like it used to be,” Brown said. “Foster parents can be single. As long as they’re 21.”

Foster parents today are married couples, single adults, stay-at-home parents, empty nesters and parents with children at home.

The exact qualifications are being at least 21; having a high school diploma or GED; living in a home that meets basic fire, safety and sanitary standards; being emotionally and physically capable; earning enough money to support family; passing a criminal background check; and having a good driving record.

The information session starts at 6:30 p.m. Thursday in Heritage Hall at the Middlesex campus at 7907 Buck Deans Road. No registration is required.

The session will explain the process, provide a history of the children’s home and end with a question-and-answer round.

The children’s home follows the same rules and regulations as public fostering programs thought local and state social services.

The home has children that are not just from this area, but takes in children from all over the state, said Tameka Batchelor, director of family foster care.

“This is a chance for someone to help children who need loving families at a time when they really need a loving, nurturing Christian home,” Batchelor said.

Foster care provides a temporary living situation for children whose family are unable to provide care. Foster parents provide a safe place for children whose world has been turned upside down, according to information from the Free Will Baptist Children’s Home.

Established in 1920, the home will soon celebrate its 100th year in operation. Brown said she’s working on a couple projects that will celebrate the milestone.

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