KINSTON, NC (WNCT) – The Methodist Home for Children helps out the most vulnerable people in our state, children.
Thursday’s event with Methodist hoped to bring awareness to the need for foster families. One family, in particular, was recognized for their efforts.
Nine years ago a 2-day old baby changed the lives of Ron and Julia Moore forever. They entered into the Methodist Church foster care system and were handed, as they say, a blessing.
“And she came with big eyes and a big pacifier,” said Moore
Born to a teenage mother, Janiyah was only supposed to be placed with the Moore’s for a short time. She left them to live with her aunt for a while, but it wasn’t long before Janiyah was back in North Carolina, at her forever home.
“When she went away to Virginia and they sent her back to North Carolina, that was our clue right then [to] keep her,” explained Moore.
Today, Janiyah is involved with different activities including dance and piano.
Methodist supervisor Michelle Kennedy says she also stays in contact with her birth family.
“Keeping that connection with their family and her birth family, I think that’s important for Janiyah and I think she will appreciate that when she is older,” said Kennedy.
Moore said the Methodist Home for Children involvement is helpful.
“Everyone is not perfect, so therefore, you’re going to have some times where you need extra help and Methodist is always there for us.”
In the foster care system, the Moore’s are model foster parents.
“They are one of our best families as far as foster parents they do a great job working with kids of all ages,” said Kennedy
In addition to adopting Janiyah, the Moores also foster teenage boys in their home.
The Methodist home for children wants to expand in Pitt County. It says staff members are recruiting new foster families.