Foster Care ‘Learn More’ Open House

December 31, 2015

This time of year, now more than ever, there is an ongoing need for foster parents in Southern Illinois, especially for teenagers. What is a foster parent? How can you become one?

On Wednesday, January 6th, 2016, the Foster Program at United Methodist Children’s Home will be available to answer those, and many other questions about foster care at our Learn More’ Open House from 3pm to 6pm at their 201 North 27th Street office in Mt. Vernon. You’ll learn from our licensing specialist what it takes to be a foster parent for a teen and hear stories from professional foster parents living in your area. If there are couples or individuals who would be interested in learning more about Foster Care and how they can help, they can stop by or call (618) 242-5600 ext. 243.

“Right now, we have youth ages 15 and up, who are waiting for a home and needing to feel a sense of belonging, to be loved. We get three to four referrals every single week, but there aren enough foster homes available,” explains Angie Wilson, Foster Care Supervisor.

UMCH Foster Care Program is a highly specialized, therapeutic foster care program for adolescents, and we are looking for persons living within a 45 mile radius of Mt. Vernon. The program provides on-going training and support to the foster parents.

You can make a difference in the life of an adolescent that needs your support, guidance, and care! More information can be found on their website at