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A salute to foster care families and all who help youth in need

2013-05-31T00:00:00Z A salute to foster care families and all who help youth in needBy Elena Dwyre Times Columnist
May 31, 2013 12:00 am  • 

National Foster Care Month marks a time to acknowledge the youth, family members, foster parents, volunteers, child welfare professionals, and policymakers who help children and youth in foster care find permanent homes and connections.

During this month, we renew our commitment to ensuring a bright future for foster youth, and we celebrate all those who make a meaningful difference in their lives.

I believe it is imperative that we focus on the day-to-day successes of these children and their foster and adoptive families, including Family Case Managers and CASA volunteers. Each one is part of a network of dedicated professionals and advocates who work 365 days a year, and they must be commended.

At Campagna Academy, we work diligently to recruit and train caring adults to be not just foster parents, but Campagna Foster Parents, a select group of caring, qualified individuals and couples who are the best of the best and provide services that keep children safe and help them heal.

Our success stories are numerous and our foster families are all part of the larger Campagna family. The bonds between our foster care staff and our foster parents are strong.

Campagna is proud to be the only foster care provider in Lake County who provides a two-week Adventure Summer Camp for children and youth in foster care. Designed with foster youth in mind, the activities and daily schedules are carefully chosen to meet the specific needs of the child’s age and interests. We provide transportation to and from the child’s home and promise a fun and safe environment for youth 6 to 21.

Older youth and youth with intellectual and developmental disabilities are in most urgent need of attention and care. All children in foster care need a meaningful connection to at least one caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives.

As I have seen from my own experience, when given a voice and a chance, foster youth are resilient, capable, and yearning for success. It is up to all of us to nurture the greatness in these youth.

Join us by showing appreciation for devoted foster parents and caregivers in Lake County. Sign on as a volunteer this summer during our Adventure Summer Camp or join us for our third annual Foster Care Conference from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 3 at Avalon Manor, 3550 E. U.S. 30, Hobart. Our conference is free to all foster parents and includes breakfast, lunch and in-service training hours.

Investing in our children's future is an investment in the future of our communities, our state and our country. It doesn’t matter who you are or how much time you have to give, you can help create permanent, lifelong connections for children and youth.

We are constantly recruiting and training new foster families because the need is always there and children are always waiting for placement. For more information on foster care, becoming a foster parent or to RSVP for our foster care conference, contact Gloria at (219) 322-8614 or visit

Elena Dwyre, MS, LSW is CEO of Campagna Academy in Schererville. Contact her at or (219) 322-8614, or visit for more information. Opinions expressed are solely those of the writer.

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