Foster Care Program detailed for Lions

Marcie Sample, in honor of Foster Care Month, reviewed the local foster care program for the Alpena Lions Club. Foster care is a program of the Michigan Department of Human Services. The local office covers three counties. Vice President Tom Woizeschke was program chair.

Sample reviewed where the foster children come from homes where they are in harm’s way and where they learn about these children, who usually from other care agencies or government agencies. These children, by court order, are then removed from their parents and placed with qualified foster parents.

They generally remain there a few months or for a year or so. Seventy-five percent are usually returned to their original parents. If it is not possible to return the children to their original parents, the agency assists in placing them in a permanent adoptive home.

Sample also reviewed the required training and compensation of foster parents. She also explained the various public events scheduled for Foster Care Month.

Bernie Lamp III announced that the annual Lions Golf Outing is June 10. President Ken Dully announced that the newly elected officers of the club will be installed June 24. PDG Dave Zeller announced there will be a run/walk for the Lions of Michigan on June 28.