Mentors needed to guide children in Central Florida foster care system

in Central Florida News & Events

SOURCE: Osceola News-Gazette

On any given day in Central Florida, there are close to 2,000 children in licensed foster care, and they are all looking for positive role models to influence their lives.

Embrace Families, the nonprofit agency overseeing foster care, adoption and child welfare services in Orange, Osceola and Seminole counties, is looking for approximately 100 mentors who are willing to give their time and attention to a young person in need.

 Mentoring is one of the easiest ways to make a real difference in the life of a child in foster care, according to an Embrace Families press release.

 Research shows that children with a mentor are 55 percent more likely to go to college, 52 percent less likely to skip school and 46 percent less likely to use drugs, compared to youth without a mentor.