MOULTRIE, GA (WALB) - A project helping foster children is making strides in Moultrie.
The first Georgia chapter of what's called "The Forgotten Initiative" is based in Colquitt County.
"It's a hard process for any child," said Charity Parish, a Moultrie resident who is currently fostering a relative of hers.
"The other day, the therapist asked her if she had any wish, what would it be..and she just wants to go back to her mama," said Parish of the girl, 7.
Parish believes her foster child may have it easier than others.
"(The caseworker and therapist) were telling me that she does a lot better than a lot of kids, but she's also with family," Parish said.
Parish's children are homeschooled and involved with one of two homeschooling programs in Moultrie that help out what's called "The Forgotten Initiative."
"We just have a heart for our community and wanted to help others," said Heather Morgan, Director of Moultrie Christian Homeschoolers Associating Together. "That seemed like the best way."
The Forgotten Initiative is faith-based, focused on showing God's love through helping those involved with foster care. That includes the biological parents, the caseworker, the foster parents and the foster child.
"A lot of times, the situation is dire and they have to be taken from their home immediately, so as they come into care, they just may not have anything," said Katie Murray, who works with the Colquitt County Forgotten Initiative.
One part of the outreach is creating "snugglies" to provide comfort for the child. A snuggly is a small, hand-crafted blanket or stuffed animal, to make the kids feel comfortable.
That's how some of the homeschoolers help out.
The initiative also provides bookbags, snacks, pajamas and other necessities for the children, as they make a transition to become part of a new family.
It's a program Parish and other moms are proud their children are part of.
"It's good to teach our kids that it's important to help others and do good for others," said Parish.
You can adopt a "snuggly" and The Forgotten Initiative just asks you to pray over it, to represent a child in foster care in the county.
"When they come into care can receive a snuggly..just something to know that someone is thinking of them and praying for them," said Murray.
For more information on The Forgotten Initiative, click here.
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