Joya Zimmerman says being a foster parent gives a child a brighter future and she's speaking from first-hand experience. Over the past 35 years, she and her husband have been foster parents to over 300 children in Monroe County. They've also adopted seven of those children and have two of their own. Zimmerman was recognized on Saturday at Monroe County Children and Youth's Open House for her amazing service. The event celebrated May being Foster Care Awareness Month. The goal- to thank those who have made a difference in a child's life and recruit more people for the calling.
Officials really appreciated the great turnout. They are experiencing a heightened number of children in foster care because of the heroin epidemic. Currently the county has 171 children ages newborn to 21 in foster care. The number has gone up from just the beginning of this month and they're in desperate need of families. That's why they're asking you to answer the call and change a child's life for the better. To be a foster parent you just need to go through an interview process and receive training. And it can happen right away. Training is offered all the time at the agency's location on Phillips Street in Stroudsburg. If you'd like more information on becoming a foster parent just call 570-420-3590 and ask for the foster care recruiter.