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COOKEVILLE, Tenn. (June 19, 2014) – Youth Villages has named Chris Sanders its new foster parent recruiter for the Lafayette-area.

In his new role, he will be informing the community about Youth Villages’ foster care program and providing free orientation sessions and training classes for people who are interested in becoming foster parents.

Sanders holds a bachelor’s degree in marketing from Alabama A&M University. He is a native of Huntsville, Alabama, and recently moved to Cookeville.

Sanders became interested in recruiting foster parents after working with children with emotional and behavioral problems, many of whom are in the foster care system, at Youth Villages’ Deer Valley Campus in Linden, Tennessee. Sanders served as an outdoor youth counselor and cottage supervisor.

“While working at a residential treatment facility, I saw several kids who were sad or hurt because they didn’t have a family or even a place to call home,” Sanders said. “That touched my spirit, and I knew I had to get out there and find loving foster families for these kids.”

Sanders says he is looking for people with open hearts and open minds to become foster parents. He says it’s important for foster parents to show children that they can have a brighter future.

“Some of the children we work with do not know what consistency is,” he said. “I’m looking for people to change that and be a positive example for these kids.”

Sanders will be offering free foster parent training classes for adults in the Lafayette-area who are interested in becoming foster parents.

His first class will be held on Saturdays at 9 a.m., beginning June 28, at the Youth Villages office, located at 448 Neal Street, Cookeville, TN 38501.

Foster parents should be over the age of 25 and residents of Tennessee. Foster parents should have viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home study.

Youth Villages provides foster parents with 24-hour access to counselors, support groups and a monthly stipend to offset the cost of adding a child to the home. Foster parents also often have the first right to adopt if the child becomes available for adoption.

For more information about how you can change the life of a child, contact Sanders at 931-525-6905 or christopher.sanders@youthvillages.org.

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