The 24th anniversary of Agape is this month and Cliff and Lauretta P. will celebrate their 24th year of being foster parents with Agape. Cliff and Lauretta have been foster parents with Agape for Youth, Inc. since its inception in 1989. Cliff and Lauretta have been providing care for foster children for over thirty years. Cliff and Lauretta are both treatment level foster parents and report that they are willing to take any youth into their home and work with any child. Their interest in serving comes from their passion for making a difference. They enjoy children and thought that fostering would be a good way to help children who are underprivileged or disadvantaged. They enjoy being foster parents because of the many rewards it offers and watching the children in their care grow and mature into productive adults. Cliff and Lauretta stress the importance of patience and loving the youth that come into care. The best advice that they have for new foster parents is to maintain that level of patience and work in collaboration with your Agape worker to ensure that the child’s needs are being met and that continuity of care is possible. Cliff and Lauretta state that they love the closeness Agape offers and report that they feel a part of the agency because Agape is family oriented and dedicated to serving youth and families in the community.
Many thanks to Cliff and Lauretta for sharing their talents and for their dedication to making a difference in our community one child at a time!