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In Colorado Springs, Josh Skaggs, a dedicated single father and school teacher, has been recognized by the Colorado Department of Human Services for his exceptional commitment to fostering. This honor coincides with National Foster Care Month, emphasizing the urgent need for more foster parents.

Josh’s journey began with his realization of the critical role he could play in the lives of preteen and teen boys removed from their homes due to abuse or neglect. Despite the challenges, Josh remains steadfast, reminding himself that these children are navigating difficult transitions not of their choosing.

“It’s really important to remember they didn’t put themselves in that situation,” Josh explains. “They didn’t choose to be a foster kid; they’re just trying to grow up and survive and find their way.”

He stresses the importance of positive male role models in fostering environments, aiming to redefine masculinity for the boys in his care. His daily efforts are supported by his foster care agency and friends, helping him provide a stable and loving home.

Josh’s activities with the boys include rock climbing, playing basketball, and watching TV—normal activities that help them feel like typical kids. He acknowledges the inherent difficulties of adolescence, compounded by the upheaval of foster care, but finds immense reward in seeing the boys grow, heal, and simply be kids.

Certified through Courage Community Foster Care agency, Josh has been fostering since July 2022. His dedication and the support he receives from various community organizations underscore the collective effort needed to support foster children.

The Colorado Department of Human Services highlights the ongoing need for foster homes, particularly for high-needs youth, with the ultimate goal of reunification with their families. Josh’s story serves as an inspiring testament to the impact that compassionate foster parents can have on the lives of vulnerable children.

The Need for Foster Parents

Currently, 3,448 children and youth live with Colorado’s 2,471 certified kinship and foster families. In El Paso County alone, 614 children and adolescents are in out-of-home placement situations due to child abuse or neglect. The El Paso County Department of Human Services underscores the importance of enduring, positive relationships with caring adults for these children.

How You Can Help

Courage Community Foster Care, along with other organizations, works tirelessly to support foster families and children. If you feel inspired by Josh’s story, there are many ways to get involved:

  • Become a Foster Parent: Open your home to a child in need.
  • Volunteer: Offer your time and skills to foster care organizations.
  • Donate: Support programs dedicated to helping foster children.
  • Advocate: Raise awareness and advocate for policy changes to benefit foster children.

For more information on how to get involved in fostering, visit Courage Community Foster Care.