Province gives thanks to foster parents

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This past weekend, foster parents in Saskatchewan were celebrated for their service and devotion to improving the lives of children and youth across the province, at a banquet held in Saskatoon.

"Foster families in this province play a vital role in the lives of some of our most vulnerable citizens," said social services minister Donna Harpauer. 

According to the government of Saskatchewan there are about 1,150 children being cared for in 570 foster homes. 

Foster homes can provide beneficial change to a child's quality of life, says Greg Lawrence, MLA for Moose Jaw Wakamow and legislative secretary for foster care to the Ministry of Social Services. "Foster care really allows some of the kids to blossom," said Lawrence who used to be a foster parent himself. 

"Some of the foster kids become very successful. They go to university and get jobs. I've personally have had grandparents come up to me and thank me for the success at where their grandkids are now."

The Moose Jaw Foster Parent Association, also had a celebration of their own three weeks ago to give thanks to all the workers involved. 

"They're there to support the foster parents. A group of foster parents get together and they support each other and help each other out with being foster parents just like any other group of parents that get together," said Lawrence. 

"I'm very happy that they do this. There's been a couple of foster family celebrations I've been involved with over the year, especially with my role, and it's especially great to talk to the foster parents and see how long some of them have been doing this for."

Despite the appreciation towards the many families who are already involved in foster care, Lawrence says they are always looking for more families to take in children and youth. 

Those interested in becoming a foster parent can contact Child and Family Services through the Ministry of Social Services. 

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