STAUNTON, Va. (WHSV) -- Good neighbors in the Valley are finding homes for kids with no where to go. Now a new mission is working to keep families together and stop the problem in its tracks.
A recent report from the federal government shows that nearly 400,000 kids across the country were in foster care.
For many foster and adoptive parents, it isn't always easy, but, they say, it's worth it.
"We've had our ups and downs," said Jeff Jordan, both a foster and adoptive parent.
"It can be hard at times, watching them struggle. But just the feeling you get when you're trying to help someone else and watching them learn to trust people again. It just touches your heart," said Sherril Stinnett, a foster parent.
Kids in abusive situations across our region need your help every day when it comes to foster parenting and adopting, but one non-profit group is trying to prevent that need in the first place.
People Places, a non-profit that works to find foster and forever families for kids, now has a new Family Attachment Center opening in Staunton. They're launching a new program to prevent two main factors that often lead to kids being put in foster homes, abuse and neglect.
"We value our foster and adoptive families so much. They're so important when a child does come into care. But we do know that children belong with their biological families. If it's a safe environment and if we can help it remain safe and stable, then they definitely belong with their biological families," said Megan Kincheloe, a Family Services supervisor.
The effort includes mentoring, therapy and a visitation program to help reach that goal, but as always, there's still a need for foster families.
"People ask me all the time, 'How do you do it? How do you let kids go?' It's like, we're just a piece of the puzzle. You just have to realize, 'I'm one piece of the puzzle, and I'm here to serve when I can,'" said Michele Eiker, a foster parent.
Eiker says all it takes is a step of faith.
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