Montgomery County Represented at International Foster Care Summit

Adrian McLemore grew up in the foster care system in Montgomery County and now, he wants to give back. Adrian is one of 30 young leaders attending the inaugural 2012 International Summit of Youth in Care at the University of Maryland June 26 - 29. 30 young people will meet with child welfare experts, researchers, and officials from around the world.

“The summit is being held to ensure that the voices of young people who have been in the foster care system are heard and are influential in the decisions being made about child welfare systems across the globe, said Montgomery County Assistant Director Geraldine Pegues. “This year’s summit will focus on five areas; permanency and independence, youth and alumni engagement, identity and culture, prevention and placement, and de-institutionalization,” Pegues added.

There are some 1,000 children in foster care in Montgomery County. Foster parents are urgently needed to provide a caring, stable temporary environment for children unable to live with their birth families while they are in crisis.  Children needing care range in age from infant to 18 years and some have special medical and/or emotional needs.  Monthly compensation is provided to meet the child’s food, clothing, medical and other needs.

“Foster care youth are at an economic disadvantage in many ways and I want to level the playing field by speaking on their behalf,” said McLemore, a Wright State University graduate.

Foster caregiver applicants must be at least 21 years old, married, single, divorced or widowed and be licensed by the State of Ohio.  Children Services offers free information meetings about becoming a foster parent and/or an adoptive parent each month at 3304 N. Main St., Dayton.  The next meeting is Saturday, July 21 from 9:00 a.m. to noon.

To learn more about foster care, contact Children Services at 937-224-KIDS (5437) or go to www.mcohio.org/childrenservices.

 

News
15th Annual Recycle Rally Kicks Off on September 1, 2015
On September 1st, the Montgomery County Solid Waste District will kick off its 15th annual Recycle Rally, where schools compete against each other to recycle the most during a school year and win cash prizes.  Read More...
Montgomery County Tire Buyback Event - Sunday, September 20
On Sept. 20, Montgomery County Environmental Services will host its third Tire Buyback Event. Residents can earn $2 for every scrap/used tire they bring, up to a maximum of 10 tires per vehicle.  Read More...
DRITA "Start Up Nation" Event on August 20 @ 4 p.m.
Interested in learning how you can grow your business and explore collaborative opportunities in Israel?  Read More...
Keep Montgomery County Beautiful Wins Award for Community Service with Court-Involved Youth
Keep Montgomery County Beautiful has been awarded the 2015 Keep Ohio Beautiful Great American Cleanup Award.  Read More...
More News...