Written by Tammy Walro
August 14, 2008
Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) is welcoming adults interested in becoming foster or adoptive parents to attend its series of free training classes.
A new fall session of classes, required for foster or adoptive licensing, will begin Saturday, Sept. 6. The classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., allowing participants to complete the entire curriculum in just six Saturday sessions. Registration for the classes is available by calling 419-213-3336.
While LCCS strives to help children remain with their families by working with their parents to build a safe, nurturing environment, it is not always possible. As a result, the agency needs foster and adoptive parents for children of all ages, but particularly families who can provide loving and stable homes for teenagers and groups of brothers and sisters. The agency is also seeking parents to join its therapeutic foster care program, providing care to children with behavioral, developmental or physical challenges.
Qualifying to be a foster or adoptive parent is easier than one might think. Applicants:
• Must be at least 18 years of age to adopt; 21 to become a foster parent
• Can be married, single or partnered
• Can own or rent a home
• Can work outside the home
• Don’t have to earn a lot of money, just enough to support himself or herself
• Need a safety inspection for the home
• Agree to a background check
• Receive free training
• Receive financial support, based on the prospective adoptive child’s needs
A 12-week series of Tuesday-evening classes will begin Oct. 7. Classes will be held Jan. 13, 2009 from 6 to 9 p.m.
Revving up for babies
Every year, thousands of compassionate motorcyclists across the country show they care by taking part in Bikers for Babies. This year the ride will be held Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at Signature Harley Davidson in Perrysburg.
Individuals as well as members of bike clubs are invited to participate and help give every baby a healthy start. Proceeds from the event will help fund lifesaving research and educational programs aimed at helping moms have healthy babies.
“You can really feel the power when you see and hear all those motorcycles lined up, lots of familiar and new faces, all coming together to show their support,” said Tim Zale, Bikers for Babies Chair in Northwest Ohio.
Participants will enjoy a scenic 60-mile ride along the Maumee River. The ride will be escorted by the Lucas County Sheriff motorcycle unit. Breakfast will be provided as will food upon the riders’ return.
Register early at bikersforbabies.org to guarantee a T-shirt size. Learn more about the March of Dimes at www.marchofdimes.com.