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Training to help volunteers become certified sitters for East Texas foster families

Adults needed to help foster families who need babysitters
Adults needed to help foster families who need babysitters(Source: Erika Holland KLTV)
Published: Mar. 30, 2022 at 9:00 AM CDT
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SMITH COUNTY, Texas (KLTV) - For families who aren’t in the position to consider adoption or fostering, babysitting certification is one way to lend a big hand during the ongoing foster crisis in Texas.

For many parents, finding a babysitter could be as simple as asking a family member or friend. That’s not the case for parents who take on the responsibility of fostering children in state care.

The state requires anyone looking over a child in foster care to receive specific education before they’re left alone with them as a temporary caretaker.

“You don’t get to send the kids next door so you can run to Brookshire’s to pick up a loaf of bread,” Christi Sowell of The Fostering Collective explained to us in a January 2020 interview. “Taking care of yourself is honestly the first and the very best thing that you can do for your child. So just to give yourself a moment to get in check so you can ‘handle the hard’ is important.”

As an adoptive mom, Sowell stressed the importance of state-certified babysitters after highlighting the fact that nearly half of all foster families quit after the first year. Many cite a lack of available support.

The next training event takes place 8:30 a.m. to noon Saturday, April 2nd at New Beginnings Church in Longview. It costs $10 to attend. A CPR/First Aid certification course will follow for a fee of $45.

You must at least 21 years old to participate.

For more information on how to sign up for The Fostering Collecting April Babysitting training, click here.

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