Throughout the world, foster parents open their hearts and homes to children in need. On today's "Our Daily Bread," hosted by Father Paul D. Seil, the topic of foster care is on the table. Joining Father Seil in the kitchen is Virginia Goodremote, director of foster care at Baker Victory Services in Lackawanna.
"In 2012, in New York state alone, there were over 20,000 children in foster care," Goodremote explained. "Foster care provides a child or young adult temporary care while every effort is made to reunite them with their caregivers. Most children are removed from their homes due to issues of abuse or neglect. When children are removed quickly, they may not have time to pack their belongings."
Care-cases are now being provided to these children so they are able walk out of a difficult situation with hope and dignity. Deacon Paul Snyder of St. Mary Parish in Swormville is heading up Project Care-case in Western New York, and will also join Father Seil in the kitchen.
"It is our hope, that by giving a Care-case to a foster child, it will help them feel more loved and secure during the difficult transition they need to make in their lives," explained Deacon Snyder. "These duffle bags will be filled with items such as T-shirts, fleece blankets, stuffed animal, toothbrush and paste, soap, deodorant, shampoo, pajamas and books."
The primary goal of foster care is to reunite the family. In instances when this is not possible, foster families may provide adoptive homes or assist in transitioning children into adoptive placement or independent living.
To learn more about foster care, tune in to "Our Daily Bread" Saturday, May 13, at 6:30 a.m. and noon on WKBW-TV Channel 7. On the menu are family friendly dishes: non-dairy pasta made with sausage and roasted red tomatoes; Kibbee, a Lebanese dish made from lamb, and a very simple pasta with cheese and pepper sauce. All the day's recipes can be found at www.odbtv.org and entire "Our Daily Bread" shows can be viewed on the Daybreak TV Productions YouTube Channel. Remember to "like" the Daybreak TV Facebook page and follow us on Twitter. Daybreak is also now on Instagram. Look for us at Daybreak716.