When I was growing up, my parents had a calling to foster a child at our home. It was a rewarding and eye-opening experience for all of us. It helped me realize all of the things that I took for granted when I was growing up.

May is Foster Care Month and the Ross Park Zoo in Binghamton is doing all it can to make a difference in our area even with the COVID-19 restrictions. They are partnering with Northern Rivers Foster Care to raise awareness of the need to foster children in our community and to Give Hope a Home.

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Did you know that the number of kids in foster care in our area has been steadily growing for the last 5 years? Did you know that Northern Rivers has around 70 foster kids in the Southern Tier with 40 to 50 active foster homes?

Become A Foster Child Family

Northern Rivers is looking for people like you to help foster these kids. Families that will bring these children into their home and gives them the support that they need. Every Saturday and Sunday this month, they will have representatives manning a booth at Ross Park Zoo and they'll give information to help answer any questions that you may have.

In honor of Foster Care Month, Ross Park Zoo is offering free season memberships to local foster families. This Saturday and Sunday, all moms get free admission to the zoo, so when you visit, why not find out about fostering a child.

It'll reward you in so many ways and if not you, then who? America's 5th oldest zoo is located at 60 Morgan Road in Binghamton.

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