More than 125 Bay County children are in need of foster homes, but right now there are only about 50 available. The Foster and Adoptive Parent Association of Bay and Gulf County wants to change that number.
The group is launching an awareness campaign to show people how easy it is to become a foster parent, but more importantly opening your door can make a huge impact on a child's life.
"These kids just want love," said April Harris. "They want to be hugged. They want to be touched. Even the 17-year-olds just need somebody to say, I have a home, and watch them graduate, get their driver's license."
But the relationship benefits more than just the foster child. April's 11-year-old son Austin says he would like for his parents to adopt. He's an only child and says he thinks it would be great to have a brother or sister.
"I want them to enjoy a better life than what they used to have and they can forget about their bad memories and just enjoy their new memories with us."
For more information on becoming a foster or adoptive parent, call April Harris at 784-9663, or Randy Butler at 277-0945.