A foster parent to six children, Barbara came to the Y as a reprieve from her hectic life. When she learned the Y offers 100% financial assistance to foster children, she knew it would be the perfect place to bring the kids.
"I needed a time-out for myself," said Barbara. "But I was only able to do that if I knew the kids were in a place where they would be supervised, and have fun."
Today Barbara doesn't house any children full time, but she does help other foster families give the kids access to the Y.
"When a foster parent needs a time-out for themselves or their foster child is in crisis, I will step in and provide a safe, welcoming home," said Barbara. "Then I bring the kids to the Y."