“I don’t have to worry about adult stuff anymore. You are heroes and you are the angels among us,” said 12-year old foster child Sarah about foster parents. Oct. 17 to 23 is Foster Family Appreciation week and the province wants to thank the more than 800 foster families who give children in need a loving, safe and stable place to call home during a family crisis. “There is no greater gift a grown up can give a child than the gift of hope,” said Community Services Minister Denise Peterson-Rafuse. “Our foster parents are committed to providing children with what they deserve, a loving, caring, nurturing home, and most importantly a renewed hope for a brighter future. For all their great work we say thank you.” Recruitment of new foster families and orientation sessions are held year-round, but the third week in October is set aside each year to recognize the commitment and difference a foster family can make to a child in need. “My foster care experience has helped me to grow, learn, and become more connected to the world around me,” said Sarah. “My foster family saw my strengths where others saw my weaknesses. Today I have hope because I know my foster family will always do what’s best for me.” The week includes events around the province when certificates of recognition will be awarded to foster families for every five years they have cared for children. The Department of Community Services is always looking for more foster families. If your family is interested in becoming a foster parent or want more information call the toll free number at 1-800-565-1884.