(WJBK) - The need for foster parents in Michigan is overwhelming, and one woman is working to help. Michele Adams-Calloway has been a foster parent since the 1980s, and has fostered well over 76 children.
"For them to have a stable home, you see a peace, a calmness that comes over them," Adams-Calloway says. "There are moments that are challenging but it's understandable, and being a foster parent you're not only fostering a child but you're also being involved with that family. Because the primary goal is to actually have the foster child and their family reunited."
She says that saying goodbye isn't too difficult for her, because she's feels she's accomplished her job as a foster parent and it's an opportunity for both to move on and get ready for the next challenge.
"It's very rewarding. There are some challenges - I don't want anybody to think it's not - but it is also rewarding when you have an opportunity to see a child become an adult and know that you had an influence over that child," she says.
To be a foster parent, you have to have your own income and a home big enough to accomodate the child. You also must be able to pass a background check. If all those work out, Audrey Williams-Burton, the director of Child & Family Services at Samaritas, says you can become a foster parent.
"You can be married; you can be single. There's no discrimination regarding to race, sexual orientation," Williams-Burton says. She adds that the need for foster parents is especially great in Michigan for older children.
If you'd like more information on being a foster parent, you can text MDHHS FOSTER to 64468. You can also learn more about Samaritas and Adams-Calloway's experience as a foster parent by watching their interview segment in the video player above.
You can find more information online, too, at www.samaritas.org.