Project 1.27’s mission is to provide every child in Colorado with a safe and loving home, and president, Shelly Radic, told Tuned In to NoCo that this need is growing.
“Right now, we are about 400 children in foster care and in need of foster families — it has been increasing over the past two years. In Colorado, we have about 1,900 foster families in the whole state, and we have 3,000 children in foster care. So you can see the shortage there.”
Project 1.27 provides training and certification for potential families/individuals and Radek says anyone over the age of 21 can apply.
“You don’t have to actually be a parent or have a big house or anything like that – just a bedroom space for a kid. We want people across NoCo to know that there are kids in their community who can use great foster and adoptive families.”
Radek says that about 30 hours of training is required because they want you to be fully prepared to welcome a baby into your home.
“There is a lot of training because we want families to be able to understand: how the foster care system in Colorado works, what the children and the families they are going to serve like, what are some of the reasons why they have the care and how you as a parent helps them recover.”
Radek says the first thing to consider when becoming an adoptive parent is your own ability, but if you’re not in a position to welcome a child into your home, there are many other ways you can help.
“Everyone can get involved in some way. From bringing a meal to delivering something in one of the nursery lockers to thinking about coming over to the info next Tuesday night and finding out more.”
Radek says they are here to help and protect the kids of Colorado and all the kids really need is you.
“One of our children, who was preparing for adoption into her foster family, I asked her what she would tell people? … She said, tell them the children in foster care need you.”
For more information on how to help click here, or to donate brand-new or gently used items to a foster locker near you, email Project 1.27 at [email protected]
To hear the full interview, check out the link below.
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