Youth Villages recognizes Foster Parent of the Year
CHATTANOOGA, Tennessee (WDEF)-May is Foster Care Awareness month and Youth Villages uses this month to not only bring awareness to the kids in need but recognize the work done by foster parents, including a single dad from Cleveland winning foster care parent of the year.
“I was surprised that I could do it. I was so worried that as a single parent am I truly enough for these kids and after getting a chance to do this I realize that I am enough. I have enough for these kids and there are enough for me,” said Moss.
Adam Moss has only been a foster parent for two years but is already making a huge impact in numerous kids’ lives.
“It goes back to 2012 I had a student in my classroom whose life situation was unsteady. And I began looking at the process to foster parents for him. Luckily some family members from out of state took care of him but that plan in the seed for me and years later it came to fruition,” said Moss.
Nationally more than 400,000 children are looking for foster care placements. In Tennessee, there are more than 8,000 children in foster care across the state with nearly half in need of a foster family.
“Working full-time outside the home I’ve had single kids, I’ve had brothers and siblings. I’ve had three teenagers at once, and let me tell ya that was lots of fun. I’m down to just one for right now but we’re doing well,” said Moss.
Organizations like Youth Villages assist in placing foster children with foster families and the biggest need is for foster parents.
“We bring families in and we train them and certify them. We get them prepared and then we have the placement team plays kids and we have counselors come hang out in the home with the kiddos to make sure that they’re transitioning well and just adjusting well overall,” said Kailey Rawlston.
“I couldn’t do it without them. They bring me the supports we need. Bring in foster care counselors for wraparound support. For the people out there who think I can’t do this, I’m too busy, consider agencies like Youth Villages. They can help you meet the kids’ needs,” said Moss.
Now after all the work Moss has done he’s been recognized as one of the foster parents of the year.
“It’s a little overwhelming, to be honest. We don’t do this For the accolades, we don’t do this for the recognition we do this for the kids. It’s nice to be recognized but I know every Foster parent out there is parent of the year,” said Moss.
If you are interested in potentially being a foster parent For more information, visit www.youthvillages.org/foster or call 1-888-MY-YV-K