Foster Parent Opens her heart and home to children in need

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (KTUU) - Mother's day is always a special time for Barbara Turner.

“I'm getting emotional. I hope you will look back at this someday and look at these flowers on your special day,” says Barbara Turner as she reads from her Mother’s Day cards.

If you want to know a little more about her, just ask her kids.

"As you can see my mom is special because she loves me a lot.” Says Turner as she reads the inside of her card.

Turner doesn't have any kids of her own, but is a mother to so many.
Over the past seven years, she’s opened her heart and her home to more than 25 foster kids.

In Alaska – there is a big need for more people like Turner.
The purpose of foster car is really simple. To help a child in their time of need.

Through their journey and through their process, says Turner.
A process that takes time. Alaska Family Resources says children who typically come into foster care are seeking a safe place because of issues like abuse, neglect or their parents are dealing with drugs or alcohol.

Right now, more than 1,200 kids are in foster care, but there are only 360 licensed foster homes.

“We have foster parents of all kinds and all family sizes, all cultures. We just want anybody who is able to can apply and meet the kid’s basic needs and the state can always help out too.” says Community Care Licensing Supervisor for the State of Alaska, Kelli Carpenter.

The expectation is kids are reunited with their families or they get adopted.

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