It was all about raising awareness of foster care and the need for foster parents today on The Open Forum on WADK 1540 AM.

Each May, National Foster Care Month provides an opportunity for people all across the nation to focus attention on the year-round needs of American children and youth in foster care. The campaign raises awareness about foster care and encourages many more citizens to get involved in the lives of these youth – whether as their foster parents, volunteers, mentors, employers or in other ways.

Melissa Aguiar-Rivard, Director of Foster Care Program for Child & Family opened up the show by speaking about the need for foster families, why it is important and the impact foster families have on children in state care.

Susan Gail, a Foster Parent, also joined us to speak to her experiences as a foster parent and why she fosters.

Lisa Guillette, Executive Director of Foster Forward, also joined us to speak to the support programs for Foster families in the state.

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).