Governor Declares Foster Care Month
May is Foster Care Month in Virginia, and as Charles Fishburne reports, the need has never been greater.
Nobody understands that need better than Patrick Plourde.
Plourde: I can remember at times coming off the school bus, going home to a dark house, no electricity. I would just go straight upstairs and I would go in the room and there will be a can of soup waiting there for me sometimes and then my mom would leave.
He was placed in a foster home, and today is a specialist with the Department of Social Services, helping other children find foster homes.
Wolf: It has always been critical and I have been doing this work for 30 years.
Therese Wolf is Foster Care Program Manager.
Wolf: We need foster parents and adoptive parents more now than we ever have.
Governor McDonnell has recognized May as Foster Care Month, asking families, couples and individuals to open their hearts and their homes to a foster child. It mattered to Patrick.
Plourde: I really often tell myself I will either be a statistic saying incarcerated or dead.
Charles Fishburne, WCVE News.