The Hero Effect Returns May 13th

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The Hero Effect is an uplifting docu-series that brings to life the stories of ordinary individuals who are making extraordinary differences in their communities. Shot on location in ten different communities across the country, each episode brings audiences real-life stories that show the impact one person can make.

The Hero Effect’s episode #7, which will air Saturday, May 13, 2017 10 A.M.  on OWN, highlights Treehouse Foundation, a community founded to ensure children who have experienced foster care find lifelong family relationships. Treehouse Foundation (Easthampton, MA) is re-envisioning foster care in America through intergenerational programs where children in foster care and the elderly come together to support one another. As founder and foster parent Judy Cockerton would attest, children in foster care need to know they’re not in the foster care system because they did something wrong. At the same time, many older people who live in senior housing feel isolated. With still so much to give, these ‘seniors’ offer valuable teachings to kids in foster care. Together, both generations form a loving community.

Tune in on Saturday, May 13 at 10am EST to watch the story of Mary's Center on the Oprah Winfrey Network.

May is National Foster Care Month. Did you know... 

·         In 2015, over 670,000 children spent time in U.S. foster care.

·         On average, children remain in state care for nearly two years and six percent of children in foster care stay for five or more years.

·         Despite the common perception that the majority of children in foster care are very young, the average age of kids in care is nearly 9.

·         In 2015, more than 62,000 children – whose mothers’ and fathers’ parental rights had been legally terminated – were waiting to be adopted.

Action Opportunity

Interested In Fostering? There are many children in foster care who need caring and committed families to provide a temporary home environment. In some cases, these kids may also be eligible for adoption. Whatever your commitment level, you can support the basic safety and health needs of kids in our community. Buncombe County has great resouces. Click here to learn more.