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Grand Junction needs foster parents and maybe this is the right opportunity for you to make a difference in a child's life.

Perhaps it would be more impactful to say that a lot of children in Grand Junction need foster parents right now. In fact, there are so many children in need of foster care, many of them are being sent to other communities because we don’t have enough foster parents in Grand Junction to meet the need. That’s according to Lisa McGinnett, who is the Western Slope Director for Project 1.27.  Project 1.27 is a local non-profit ministry that works with churches to promote the fostering and adoption of children.

McGinnett and her husband have fostered 64 children through the years, adopting four of them. If anyone knows anything about being a foster parent, it's definitely Lisa.

There are several reasons why children and youth need foster care. It may be because of abuse or neglect, and it might be other problems. One common denominator is they have all suffered trauma, grief, and loss, and they just need someone to give them love. Those of us who grew up in loving homes may struggle to understand exactly what it's like to be in a home absent of love and affection.

The Mesa County foster care system includes babies, children, and young people through age 21. The length of foster care could be overnight, months, and even years depending on the situation. You can certainly get more information about foster parenting from Foster Care of Mesa County.

Project 1.27 is hosting an information night Tuesday, January 12, 6:00 pm at the First Baptist Church located at 7th and Grand Avenue in Grand Junction. If you are interested in learning more about being a foster parent, you can attend this session with absolutely no obligation. If you want to attend, it would be helpful to register on the Project 1.27 website. This just an opportunity to learn more about fostering, ask questions, and decide if being a foster parent is right for you.

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