Adoption & Foster Care
An 8-year old tied to a chair with duct tape and beaten with an electrical cord
. . . a 13-year old left home alone for two weeks to fend for himself . . . a 9-year
old left alone to care for siblings while mom was on the streets doing drugs . .
. a 13-year old hit 130 times with a switch . . . and the stories just keep coming.
The children in these cases needed homes. They needed someone who would provide
a safe, temporary home to children who had been hurt and misused. They came from
horrific backgrounds and needed the support of families who could help children
with a variety of behavioral problems. These children needed lots of patience, understanding,
unconditional love, character building, mentoring, and a feeling of safety.
Children like those above come into the Forsyth County Department of Social Services
because of abuse, neglect and dependency. They range in age from 0 to 17, with the
average child being 7 years of age and older. Forsyth County DSS is in need of foster-adopt
resource parents who will step up to the challenge and work with the 7 and older
population, especially teenagers. Yes, we are asking a lot from you, however we
know YOU can make a difference in the life of a child in Forsyth County.