Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:03 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:03:02 GMT
Paramedics tell us they're amazed no one was seriously hurt in a rush hour crash just outside Albany Monday evening. The driver of a pickup truck lost control on Philema Road just before 5:00. The truckMore >>
The driver of a pickup truck and his passenger walk away from the mangled wreckage after a crash.More >>
Tuesday, May 21 2013 12:02 AM EDT2013-05-21 04:02:59 GMT
An unusual wreck on Albany's bypass Monday night left the highway littered with yard debris. About 9:30, a car collided with a trailer that was hauling tree limbs on the Liberty Expressway between theMore >>
Wrecked cars and yard debris slow traffic on Albany's bypass.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:45 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:45:07 GMT
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run. Police arrested 19-year-old Darren Huntley over the weekend in Waycross. 22-year-old DominiqueMore >>
Moultrie Police tell us they have the accused triggerman in a shooting in custody after two weeks on the run.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:37 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:37:21 GMT
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce. Nursing students at Georgia Southwestern asked business students to help them prepare for their job searches. HumanMore >>
Students at a South Georgia University are working together to make it into the workforce.More >>
Monday, May 20 2013 11:28 PM EDT2013-05-21 03:28:47 GMT
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do. An EF-3 tornado roared through Americus six years ago. It killed two people and destroyed Sumter Regional Hospital andMore >>
A lot of South Georgians are all too familiar with the damage a tornado can do.More >>
November 1, 2002
Statenville - For the past year, Kathy Hendley and her husband have been the only foster parents in Echols County.
"Being a foster parent is a wonderful feeling," said Hendley. "When our foster child wakes up in the morning and looks at us, it's a ray of sunshine in our day."
Foster parenting rates are at a crisis point all over South Georgia, and the number of children needing these safe havens is increasing.
"There's always going to be abusive and neglective parents in the world, so we're always going to need transitioning families to help the children," said Jody Allen, Echols County Department of Family and Children Services.
But things are looking a little brighter here in Statenville. Nick and Jennifer Long, along with four other families, just completed foster parent training and are eagerly awaiting the arrival of their foster children.
"We can't have children of our own, so this is our way of having children in our home and experiencing the joy they bring," said Long.
But there's still a big problem. DFACS caseworkers in Echols county say they have a particular need for families to house Spanish children.
"We have a lot of migrant workers here and their children have been neglected, so we need someone who can help with their language and transitioning," said Allen.
And this weekend, they hope to find those people capable of helping the Spanish children.
"We're going to have a Spanish recruitment activity to help educate the community on foster parenting and hopefully, get some more volunteers," said Allen.
Although DFAC's number one goal is to rectify a neglect or abuse situation and place the children back with their parents, providing them with a safe and stable transition in a foster home is a crucial part of the healing process.