Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:43 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:43:09 GMT
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. Spiderman, Ariel and a few others made rounds to the children on the pediatricMore >>
Some princesses and super heroes made a stop in Albany Wednesday to visit young patients at Phoebe Putney Memorial hospital. More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:40 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:40:51 GMT
Students and teachers at a south Georgia school dedicated a special spot to a little girl killed in a school bus crash two weeks ago. Several other Pataula Charter Academy students were injured in thatMore >>
Students and teachers at Pataula Charter Academy dedicated a park bench on the playground of the school where 10-year-old Jordyn Doughtie was a student.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:31 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:31:56 GMT
Jurors heard closing arguments Wednesday afternoon in the aggravated assault trial of three South Georgia men charged with beating a man in the parking lot of a northwest Albany club. Prosecutors sayMore >>
Prosecutors say three men beat a man in an Albany club parking lot so fiercely they fractured his skull.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 6:24 PM EDT2013-05-22 22:24:32 GMT
Dougherty County Police are investigating a rash of entering auto thefts in the West region of the county. They hope you can identify one suspected thief caught on camera. Take a look at the young manMore >>
Dougherty County Police are looking for a young man captured on surveillance video using a stolen debit card.More >>
Wednesday, May 22 2013 5:58 PM EDT2013-05-22 21:58:07 GMT
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe'sMore >>
Teachers and parents have new resources to help kids deal with major issues such as bullying, depression, and obesity. Now kids and educators have the power to make a difference. Officials with Phoebe's Network of Trust highlighted those resources at a special luncheon Wednesday.More >>
March 17, 2004
Lowndes County - The Georgia Department of Human Resources kicked off the "Be A Star" campaign this week to help recruit foster and adoptive families.
Barbara Strickland, a Lowndes County foster mother, hopes her story will help attract more people to this rewarding experience. She loves to tell others how she became a foster parent. "A child needed a place to stay for the holidays, we carried him home with us and after than we've had more than 20 children in our home," said Strickland.
She's taken dozens of children from a battered home to a safe and loving environment. "I have two birth children and the others God sent us because he realized our desire to help, love and nurture children," said Strickland.
The need for foster and adoptive parents in Georgia is critical. "We have about 250 children that Lowndes County has custody of and we only have about 136 bed spaces," said Ginny Boswell, Lowndes County DFACS Director.
When there's not enough homes in one county, children are spread to different areas of the state. "There's a lot of traveling involved, the siblings are split up, and they need to be visiting with their parents so we can try to unify the families," said Boswell.
Strickland says being a foster parent isn't always easy. "Some are not going to be easy to deal with but I believe we can all go through some things with people if we want to help them through," said Strickland.
And the reward of watching children transform into loving and productive adults is worth the hard work.