FREDERICTON (GNB) – The following message was released today by Families and Children Minister Stephen Horsman in recognition of National Foster Family Week, Oct 15-21:

As we celebrate National Foster Family Week, I thank all the families in our province who have opened their hearts and their homes to children and young people in care.

This week provides us with a chance to recognize the families who have chosen to have a child or youth join their family.

Foster families offer love and support to children when they can no longer live safely in their own homes. We owe our foster families an enormous amount of gratitude for their dedication and commitment to caring for children and youth in New Brunswick.

It is always the department’s goal to reunite children and youth with their families. Until that reunion can take place, we need compassionate and caring individuals and families to provide temporary homes to those in need. When these reunions are not possible, foster families support the child or youth as they transition to an adoptive family or continue fostering the child or youth on a long-term basis.

The need for foster families never ends. I encourage anyone who is considering becoming a foster family to contact the Department of Social Development.

To all the foster families across New Brunswick, I offer my most sincere appreciation and thanks for all you do to help our children and youth in need of foster care.