Dear Resource Parents,
One of the most important challenges that you will ever have is the role you have as a resource parent. Vitally important to our resource children and youth is the challenge we share in trying to repair a breakdown in the normal or traditional family structure and lifestyle.
We appreciate the contribution made by our current resource parents and staff and welcome you to our "extended family." We share with you the desire to make a difference in the lives of the children and youth we serve. An appropriate sentiment which is applicable to the roles we play as we set out on the path to make a difference in the lives of these young people who have suffered from both physical and emotional trauma. I find these words by Forest Witcraft to be very enlightening and I hold these words close and dear to my heart.
"A hundred years from now it will not matter what my bank account was or the kind of car I drove; but the world may be different because I was important in the life of a child."
Being a resource parent or family is not an easy job. We hope, however, with the support of our professional staff, you will find it to be very successful and self rewarding. As a resource family you will become acquainted with a legal and social network. We will make every effort to provide assistance and support services. As you set out on this wonderful journey to help change a child or youths life.
One of my personal goals is to ensure that I meet with resource parents or families and follow up on their experience and be able to share that experience with future resource parents. Our goal is that by partnering together as an extended family team we live up to our mission statement:
To provide our clients with a professional level of care, compassion, understanding, and services which meet or exceed their greatest level of expectations, and which will enable them to attain to live a normal, centered lifestyle in today's society.
Very Truly Yours,
Benjamin E. Payne