Have you ever thought about what it’s like to be a foster child going from one home to the next? The clothes on your back are all you have and you’re unsure of what kind of home you’re going into.
The James Project got off the ground in 2011. Since then, it’s mission has been serving the hundreds of foster children in Sangamon County, offering homes and support for fostering families.
The kids are off to school and finally, both Angela and Darius have time to themselves. They are foster parents and have been for 16 years.
“I think one of the things they need the most is someone to listen to them. They’ve been through a lot,” said Darius Howse, who is a foster parent.
It’s reasons like this that made this couple come to the rescue.
“One of them was very much into a background where drugs were involved. Now they are drug-free and making A’s and B’s,” said Angela Trowbridge, who is also a foster parent.
Turning a troubled past around is not always that easy and to make matters worse, the children don’t always have what they need once they arrive at the new home.
“We realize that when a child goes to a new placement it could be their first time in foster care. It could be their second or third time in a different home. They usually arrive with nothing,” said Jan Williams who is the founder of the James Project.
The James Project is a Christian charity that recruits foster parents, provide personal items like clothing, and in some cases, new homes.