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Foster Parent Recruitment Campaign

The Freddie Mac Foundation and Washington Metropolitan Council of Governments recently launched Kids Need Families Like Yours: Freddie Mac Foundation Foster Parent Recruitment Campaign.

The campaign, which airs in May on local T.V. and radio stations, features compelling messages from the region’s foster parents of the year. To learn more about fostering, viewers and listeners are encouraged to call 877-800-FOSTER or to search online for Kids Need Families on

“There is an urgent need for people to become foster parents — to provide loving homes to children who need our help,” said Margaret Meiers, Freddie Mac Foundation vice president.

In the metro D.C. region, there are 4,500 children in the foster care system. But there are fewer than half that number of foster families available to shelter and nurture them.

There is a special need for foster parents for teenagers, children in sibling groups, or children with special needs.

“For these children that have been abused, neglected or abandoned, a caring foster family at a critical time in their lives makes all the difference,” said Meiers.

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View video of foster families from the Kids Need Families Like Yours campaign

About the Foster Parents Featured

  • The District’s Foster Parent of the Year, Saundra Asante, is a busy professional woman – an RN and a communications official – who has cared for many teenage girls.
  • The Foster Parent of the Year from Frederick County, MD, Samuel Bennett, is a reporter and columnist for the local paper there. He and his wife, Melody, have fostered many boys and girls.
  • The foster parents that will be honored by Alexandria, VA, Kaari and Lee Vasquez, were foster parents to a teenage mother, and cared for her critically ill baby daughter, even when the teen Mom was sent back to Mexico.
  • Several of the foster parents have biological children, and those children actually asked their parents to become foster parents, and willingly took on the roles of big brother and sisters. This happened with the Schaffer family of Loudoun County as well as with Ms. Asante of the District

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