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Coinciding with the opioid addiction crisis, the need for foster families spiked in Massachusetts in 2014. Due to an increase in the number of children being adopted, the number of children in foster care has stabilized in recent years: but there is still a need for foster homes. On The point, we talk about the process of becoming a foster parent and why it can have such a positive and lasting impact on both children and foster families. 

Guests on the program are as follows:  Stu Peoples, long time foster Parent. Michael Medeiros from Massachusetts Mentor, an organization providing foster care placements. Randa Yaacoub, Family Evaluation Specialist at Massachusetts MENTOR, Gisele Lynch, Mentor Foster Parent. Kenia Rodrigues, former foster youth at Gisele’s.

For more information about how to become a foster parent, visit the website of the Department of Children and Families

Mindy Todd is the host and producer of The Point on WCAI which examines critical issues for Cape Cod and the Islands. She brings more than 30 years of experience in radio and television to WCAI. After starting her broadcasting career as a midday DJ at WARE in Ware, Massachusetts, she quickly advanced to host of the morning drive show, which in 1981, made her one of the few women in broadcasting to anchor her own morning show. Her career has covered nearly all aspects of broadcasting. She has been a radio disc jockey, a traffic reporter, a television news anchor and reporter, a program director, talk show host, and even a ski reporter. Her television work brought her to White River Junction, VT, Portland, ME, Indianapolis, IN and Nashville, TN. Mindy also worked at radio stations in West Palm Beach, FL, Hartford, CT, Boston, MA and Lebanon, NH. She has received numerous awards, most recently her 5th National PRNDI (Public Radio News Directors Incorporated) award for best Call-in program and best Interview.