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Foster parenting ‘not a negative’

Essex County seeks more foster families

Stevie Burrows, center, sits with adoptive parents Bob and Becky Provost. The Provosts have been an active part of the Essex County foster program, having housed many children from newborns to teens.

Stevie Burrows, center, sits with adoptive parents Bob and Becky Provost. The Provosts have been an active part of the Essex County foster program, having housed many children from newborns to teens. Photo by Keith Lobdell.

— “She has come a long way,” Provost said. “She has come all the way to the point where she is graduating in December, and I think that is a pretty remarkable accomplishment.”

Provost said that while some people get into the foster parenting program, with the intent to adopt, the program is about more than that.

“Judge (Richard) Meyer is a firm believer of doing everything that we can to put the child back with the family instead of in foster care,” she said. “It is very rare to be able to adopt a baby from foster care.”

However, Provost has been able to make a couple of adoptions, including Burrows.

“We started in foster care because we had three daughters and because of health reasons the doctor recommended no more pregnancies,” she said. “I wanted a son, and we were able to adopt Antonio when he was four months old.”

Essex County is currently seeking those interested in being foster parents. For more information, call the Essex County Foster and Adoptive Home Finding office at 873-3422.

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