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Foster Parents and Children Enjoy Spring Fling
Written by Phyllis Smith
Last updated on April 12, 2014 @ 7:50PM
Created on April 12, 2014 @ 2:54PM

Many of you probably enjoyed the beautiful weather Saturday and so did FLASH. It stands for Fostering Lives and Spreading Hope. They're a support group for foster parents.

Foster parents and foster kids were able to enjoy themselves Saturday at the Barbour County fairgrounds. While parents got to socialize with one another, the kids were having a great time enjoying all the festivities.

The foster parent support group has many get together throughout the year. They said it's great to rely on one another when it comes to the unique challenges foster parents can face.

"Flash started a few years ago with a simple Christmas party and based out of a need for us parents to get together. Dealing with foster children and adopted children, there's a lot of with a lot of legal and emotional issues. I really feel that it's building a community of support for the children as well as the parents and the families. It's important that we all get together and share our stories together because we're all in this together," said Rebecca Kropf, an organizer for FLASH.

One woman, who has both biological children and adopted children, said it's been a wonderful experience.

"We blended very well. I see no difference in my children, whether they're biological or adopted. They're all a part of my heart and my life. It's been awesome. My kids have learned there's more than just a biological connection in a family," said Heather Swiger, a foster mother. 

While parents got to socialize, the kids enjoyed all the fun activities, especially the Easter egg hunt.

"We got to hide the Easter eggs and we've been playing games too," said Dakota Swiger, a teen volunteer.

"I like watching the kids have fun and participating too," said Molly Runner, another teen volunteer.

"Not all children that are in foster care or coming into foster care know how to have fun and it's nice to see them just be kids and that's why we do these things, so they can just be kids," said Kropf.

If you're interested in becoming a foster parent or want to know more about the foster care system, you can visit wvdhhr.org. 


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