Foster Care Advocate Finds Safe Havens for Youth to Heal

Unsettling child welfare reports have been catapulting foster care into the headlines lately, but longtime social worker Lucy Collins insists that the foster care system is far from broken. While there are issues to be resolved, Collins, a family recruitment coordinator for The Home for Little Wanderers, said what the state’s most vulnerable youth really need are more people willing to defend and care for them. “And that includes additional potential foster care homes for the hundreds children waiting for loving shelter and care,” said Collins, a fierce advocate at this non-profit child and family service agency. She coordinates with the Massachusetts Department of Children & Families (DCF) to place youth who need a safe place to heal from the trauma they have experienced. In Massachusetts alone there are over 7,000 youth in foster care, many of them victims of abuse and neglect.

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