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Courtney Marek

How to become a foster parent

Regional Manager at the National Youth Advocate Program

April 2021

I have worked in the field of child welfare in St. Joseph County for more than a decade. As the regional manager for the National Youth Advocate Program in South Bend, the most important thing I have come to learn is that meaningful connections are essential, and through our current pandemic, they are even more vital. There are many children in our community, state and nation in need of safe and caring homes. My hope is that this information will help you take your first steps to becoming a foster parent.