Mosley joins Youth Villages in time for Foster Care Awareness Month in May. She already has several events planned to bring awareness of the needs of foster children to the Cleveland community.
“Foster Care Awareness Month is the perfect time to learn how you can support children who are in need of loving homes, whether it’s through prayer, spreading awareness at your church or office or even beginning the process to become a foster parent yourself,” she said.
A statewide Day of Prayer for foster children on Sunday, May 18 ,will highlight Foster Care Awareness Month.
Mosley is asking churches in the Cleveland-area to join other churches across Tennessee in praying for children in the community who are waiting for loving foster homes.
Churches, businesses and other local organizations are also encouraged to select a day in May to wear blue, the official color of Foster Care Awareness Month.
Flyers, prayer cards and other resources are available. For more information about your organization can get involved, contact Mosley at 423-954-8843 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mosley will also be offering free training classes for adults who are interested in becoming foster parents.
“I am looking for loving, understanding and patient foster parents who are open-minded and not afraid of a challenge,” she said.
“As a child, being separated from your birth family is traumatic. I am looking for foster parents who understand that and are willing to help foster children understand their feelings and find stability.”
Her first set of training classes will be held on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., beginning May 31, at the Youth Villages office, located at 5741 Cornelison Road, 6400 Building, Chattanooga, TN 37411.
Foster parents should be over the age of 25 and living in the Bradley County-area. Foster parents should have viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home study.
Youth Villages provides foster parents with 24-hour access to counselors, support groups and a monthly stipend to offset the cost of adding a child to the home. Foster parents also often have the first right to adopt, if the child becomes available for adoption.
Mosley is familiar with the role foster parents play in the lives of children. Her family fostered her cousin for a short time, and she has several family friends who have adopted multiple children from the foster care system.
She wanted to help recruit foster parents so she could learn more about the needs of foster children and how she can help serve this population.
Mosley, a native of Knoxville, attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She graduated in December 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in early childhood: child and family studies with a minor in psychology. Before joining Youth Villages, she worked for three years as a prekindergarten teacher at the UTC Children’s Center.
Mosley currently lives in Chattanooga. She likes the fact that it allows her to be close to her brother, who is a current student at UTC.
Mosley has become involved in the community as a member of Brainerd Baptist Church and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She also enjoys spending time outside with her dog, Bubbie.
About Youth Villages
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. Founded in 1986, Youth Villages helps more than 22,000 children and families each year from more than 20 states and Washington, D.C., through its Evidentiary Family Restoration ™ approach. Involving intensive work with the child and family, as well as a focus on measuring outcomes, keeping children in the community whenever safely possible and providing accountability to families and funders, EFR produces lasting success for children.