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Love can change a child’s life

February 6, 2020
North Fort Myers Neighbor

To the editor:

In February, romantic ideas of love are everywhere, with the call to demonstrate our affection for loved ones on Valentine's Day. There are over 600 children in our local foster care system that almost always have parents who love them, but are unable, for a variety of reasons, to be protective and safe parents. The children love their parents as well, and grieve that they, for their own safety, can't be with their parents. Studies show that feeling loved and cared for is crucial in children's brain development, and when children must come into foster care for their own safety, this bond of love, is altered. There are loving families in our community who advocate for these innocent children, who come to know them, and provide temporary loving homes so that they can be safely reunified with their parents, or failing that, have another loving family.

The National Youth Advocate Program (NYAP) trains, licenses and manages foster parents and homes for youth who involved in the child welfare system in Lee, Collier, Charlotte and Hendry/Glades Counties. Although there are many wonderful foster parents in our area, there is a tremendous need for more. If you have ever thought about becoming a foster parent or would just like to talk to us to learn more about the benefits and rewards of fostering, we would love to talk to you. Change a foster child's life. Become a NYAP foster parent and help a child receive the love and support they need to form bonds that last a lifetime.

Please give us a call at (877) 692-7226 or locally at (321) 722-7778 or visit for more information. You can also follow us on Facebook @nyapfortmyers

Melanie Brock

Licensing Manager

National Youth Advocate Program



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