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.