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Local need for foster parents becoming urgent

The need for foster parents is urgent. Not only in the state of Indiana, but locally.

Posted: Nov 20, 2017 6:48 PM
Updated: Nov 20, 2017 6:48 PM

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - The need for foster parents is urgent. Not only in the state of Indiana, but locally.

As of right now, locally there are more than 300 children in foster care, with less than 90 foster homes available.

Becoming a foster parent is rewarding to most because you're helping a child in need. 

Three local moms know just how important being a foster parent can be.

That's why they created an organization called Borrowed Hearts.

Borrowed Hearts is a non-profit that takes donations from the community. They provide anything foster families need for free, such as clothing, diapers, and food. 

Borrowed Hearts was created by Bev Merritt, Alanah Stephens-Savant, Katrina King, and Cassandra Jean Bush, all of whom are foster parents.

"We are trying to make a place where it's just here. You know where we are, no matter what time, no matter what you need," said Alanah Stephens-Savant, Vice President of Borrowed Hearts.

However, the real problem is foster homes are urgently needed as more children are being put into the system.

Current foster parents like these three moms are hoping local parents will want to get involved.

"It doesn't matter what sex you are, what sexuality you are, what race you are, what religion, what political beliefs you have. If you have room in your home and heart for these kids, then they need you," said Bev Merritt, President of Borrowed Hearts.

Some might feel nervous or skeptical to become a foster parent. The job isn't always easy.

"Their safety while you have them is so much more important than your own feelings," said Katrina King, secretary of Borrowed Hearts.

For those who have already taken the initiative to become a foster parent, it means the world to them.

"I know for myself, it's been one of the best decisions I've ever made," said Merritt.

To learn more about becoming a foster parent, visit the state DCS website here. 

More information on Borrowed Hearts can be found here. 

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