To Roberta and Kevin, being a foster parent means working together with biological families to do what is best for the child. Roberta explained, “We began fostering to help children, but we also understood that we are there to help the parents too.” The Hinkle’s understand the ultimate goal of Child & Family Services’ Foster Care program is reunification, whenever possible. At the heart of successful reunification is the foster parent. This month is National Reunification Month. During this time, the Agency celebrates our foster parents who help to make this possible for all of our children in care.
Roberta and Kevin have fostered several children and work hard to build relationships with the birth parents. “We want to act as role models for them,” Roberta explained. Last month Roberta and Kevin held a family birthday party for their own biological children. They invited three of their former foster children and their parents who now have full custody. “Our relationship with these children and their parents is effortless now. They are included in family functions. They call for parenting advice. They even check in when a milestone is reached and we share that joy together,” Roberta said.
Are you interested in sharing your heart and home with a child in need? Please consider becoming a foster parent with Child & Family Services. For more information, please call (716) 882-0555 or visit www.cfsbny.org.