November 8, 2016
A few years ago, I attended a presentation by professor, author and speaker, Leonard Sweet. He was addressing a group of mostly church ministers from around the tri-state at a Pastor’s Appreciation Breakfast hosted by STAR93 radio. The reason for my presence was to promote our need for foster and adoptive parents here at the DCCH Center.
What struck me so profoundly, though, was Mr. Sweet’s message.
Previously published March 2016
Josh is one of the young people served at DCCH. He is another victim of the heroin epidemic. His mom overdosed. His dad was given custody, but was later sentenced to prison on heroin charges.
At five, Josh entered foster care. He witnessed domestic violence, moved from place to place, felt the pain of physical abuse and suffered unimaginable neglect. Yet, he survived! Josh learned to trust in a new foster family. They fed and clothed him, sheltered and nursed him, comforted, counseled and guided him. They patiently forgave him when he was angry and acted out.
Previously published February 2013
After our November support group dinner at DCCH, I asked our Foster Families to reflect on, and share some of the things for which they are thankful.
It was amazing to hear our diverse families share their thanks for the wonderful gifts in their lives. Children, who should have so little to be thankful for, considering the abuse and neglect they endured, were full of gratitude!
Vicki Prichard, NKyTribune reporter
Each May, during National Foster Care Month, the nation focuses on the needs of children in foster care, raising awareness and encouraging involvement in the lives of these children, whether as foster parents, volunteers or mentors.
But for Gene Blair and Ron Bertsch, focusing on the needs of children seeking foster care goes far beyond a single day of national recognition – it’s a year-round focus.