Helping Area Foster Families

The Reverend Dr. Linda Lowry is a foster parent of six children. She says the help her family gets is God-sent.

"The Taylor County Foster Parent Association has been very supportive in providing fellowship, advice, training, supplies, and even clothing for our children, so we're just delighted to have that fellowship and very appreciative of their support."

The Tri-County Foster Parent Association provides a number of services and supplies for foster families.

Tommy Ray Wilson, the president, says, "We provide diapers, high chairs, clothing. If you can think of a child from birth to 17, the need for those children, we try to provide all needs."

The not-for-profit group says it needs help, donations of baby food, wipes, shoes, hygiene products, school supplies, and of course, cash.

Barbara Lytle, treasurer of the Parent Association, says, "Our older children seem to be the ones get left out a lot. We need clothes, shoes, appropriate age games for them. This is age 13 to 17."

The association has been working out of the Heartland House 2 in Perry since 2003. They say with the assistance of the community they'll be able help foster families for years to come.

The Tri-County Foster Parent Association serves some 300 children in Taylor, Madison and Jefferson Counties who are in foster care or live in the homes of relatives.