SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Western Massachusetts foster care advocates gathered at the Mason Square Library on Wednesday to urge more families to foster a child.
Mayor Domenic Sarno read the proclamation declaring May to be National Foster Care Month.
Mayor Sarno and advocates urged couples to become foster parents for the thousands of children now in state care. Linda Watkins of Springfield told 22News she’s been a foster parent for seventeen years and was a foster child herself.
“It’s rewarding,” she said. “Like anything else in life, you put your heart into it and sometimes you come out on top, sometimes you don’t. But overall, I find it rewarding.”
Statistics provided by the Massachusetts Department of Children and Families show that 8,800 children are currently in foster care throughout the state, with 2,000 of them in western Massachusetts.