In nearly a half-dozen places throughout Walker County county, including The Bank of LaFayette, employees agreed to wear T-shirts from Walker County Department of Family and Children Services bearing the words “Fos-ter/Adopt – Ask me how?” and a 1-800 number to call for more information.
The idea is the brainchild of Walker County DFACS resource developer Debra Parrish, who tries each year to come up with new and exciting ways to encourage the general public to think about fostering or adopting local chil-dren in need.
This year, she partnered mainly with The Bank of LaFayette, where over the past few weeks many tellers wore the Foster/Adopt T-shirts on the job, with the hopes that someone would eventually take interest.
Though she hasn’t yet had much response from the campaign, Parrish is optimistic. “Hopefully we will (get some responses). It usually takes a couple of weeks,” she said, for potential foster and adoptive parents to consider the ramifications and make a decision to pursue the difficult but rewarding road to helping children with nowhere else to turn.
There are currently around 85 children in the Walker County foster care system, according to Parrish.
For more information on how to become a foster or adoptive parent in Walker County, call 1-800-210-KIDS.