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Butterfield Youth Services looking for 'a few good parents'

Thursday, January 31, 2013

In a time when unemployment seems to be in the news every day, Butterfield Youth Services in Marshall is offering a different kind of employment for those wanting to work at home.

The not-for-profit organization is currently accepting applications for in-home foster care providers, according to a BYS news release.

Foster care providers are responsible for providing a temporary home for children who are ready to transition from residential treatment facilities back into the community.

Roy Morrill, executive director at BYS, said the position is ideal for those who love working with children and who wish to work from their homes.

"In a nutshell, we are looking for people who are willing and able to provide for the basic needs of the child such as food, clothing, shelter and general care," Morrill said. "The therapeutic side of care will still be provided by the professionals at Butterfield Youth Services."

Sheila Stephenson, supervisor of Therapeutic Foster Care at BYS, said many of the children in transitional foster care face some of the same challenges faced by young people everywhere.

"The children we serve are kids going through the same living and learning processes that all children go through," she said. "Those who move from residential care to in-home foster care are those who were originally placed with us and who have successfully progressed through our program and are now ready to transition into a home-like setting.

In addition, though children who are placed with in-home foster care providers may be ready to transition into a community-based setting, many still face challenges related to their own personal history."

One of the young people previously served through the program is Kaylin Lynch.

(Note: Read more about Kaylin's story below.)

Kaylin entered the program in 2007 at the age of 15. She was a bright young lady who just wanted to be a normal teenager, BYS officials said.

Having done very well in the on-grounds school at Butterfield Youth Services, Kaylin was able to move into the public school setting.

The move was hard at first, but things soon started to settle down and Kaylin began making friends.

Since then, Kaylin has graduated from Marshall High School, taken some college courses and graduated from cosmetology school. She recently said she was very grateful for the time she spent at BYS and the relationships she made there.

"The people of Butterfield's are a family to me, and they gave me a wonderful family to live with when I left there," she said. "I will always have a special place in my heart for BYS."

Kaylin's story is just one of many that show how becoming part of a caring, secure household can be very beneficial for the children served by BYS, according to the news release.

"In-home foster care is a great way for young people to fulfill the vision of BYS, which is for all children to be loved, educated, confident, responsible and emotionally prepared for tomorrow," officials said.

Minimum requirements for in-home foster care positions include having a high school diploma or GED certificate, a valid driver's license, current automobile insurance and reliable transportation.

In addition, all providers must be physically able to participate in all aspects of the BYS provided training program. Providers may be either married or single adults.

For information about compensation, training requirements and the application process, contact Sheila Stephenson or Keith Bishop at 660-886-2253.


Kaylin's story

Editor's note: This story is told by Nicole Harper, in-home foster care provider for Butterfield Youth Services.

My husband Paul and I started providing foster care in 2005. We have had a total of 11 foster children in our home since then.

Kaylin Lynch came to our home in 2007. At age 15, she was a bright young lady who just wanted to be a normal teenager. Kaylin had done very well at the on-grounds school at Butterfield Youth Services and was able to move on and become a full-time student at Marshall High School.

At first, public school was a struggle for Kaylin, and some of the other students picked on her and bullied her because she was a "Butterfield Kid." There were many days when she came home from school upset and ready to quit. Paul and I made several trips to the school to speak with the principal and teachers.

Eventually, things settled down, and Kaylin began to live the life of a "normal" teenager; making friends, having boyfriends, going to proms, having senior pictures taken, dealing with feuds with friends, experiencing the end of some relationships.

During her senior year in high school, Kaylin decided to graduate in December and start a college career at Missouri Valley College. Paul and I were so proud of her accomplishments as she began her first semester at Valley in January.

Eventually, Kaylin decided college may not be the best fit for her and that maybe cosmetology school was more along her line of interests. I am happy to say that in December of 2012, this "mom" was able to sit and watch Kaylin graduate from cosmetology school. She is now doing very well and seems to be living a happy, "normal" life.

When Kaylin first came to our home she was very angry. I remember telling her, "Things happen for a reason." And she would never believe me. But today, after watching her grow up, and after all she has accomplished, I think Kaylin would admit that, yes, "Things happen for a reason."

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