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Being a foster parent on Guam

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by Joan Aguon Charfauros

Guam - Marsha Postrozny has always enjoyed working with young children, especially since she teaches early childhood at the Guam Community College. So it was no surprise that she and her longtime boyfriend made the decision to submit an application to become foster parents.

"We got our license last year and just this January after we got back from vacation were waiting for us because there was a little baby that needed a home, so this year, we've had the privilege of taking care of a baby," she said.

Postrozny, who has resided on Guam for the past 14 years, and admitted that the island's warm hospitality played a big role in her decision to be a foster parent. She added, "I knew there was a need for foster homes on Guam, so one thing about this island - Guam is known to be so hospitable, so I think this is something I was interested in and I hope others are interested in doing being hospitable to those who need it the most - the children temporary sometimes more permanent than others."

There are over 200 children in need of foster care and all 25 homes that have been approved to house foster children have at least one. The rest are placed either with relatives or in a shelter temporarily. "Definitely your priorities change when you bring a child into the home  there's a little bit of adjusting in the home setting, but it's a wonderful experience," Postrozny said.

She does mention that it is imperative that all the members of your family talk it over and support your decision because they will be living with this new person as well. There are many agencies that work with the foster family intervention that provide a wealth of resources and most of all support.

"If anyone is interested start off kind of small, start off with one - just like we have, we start off with one but it's working out so good maybe we'll open our home to two or three in the future," she said. "Yes, we get attached to a lot of things in life but it's better to love a child for a little while than not at all and to provide that safe comforting environment."

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent or would like more information, you can contact Child Protective Services.

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