Innovative program helping foster care system, saving taxpayers thousands of dollars

STARS keeps children from going into private, therapeutic foster care agency care

Innovative program saving taxpayer dollars
Innovative program saving taxpayer dollars

ROANOKE COUNTY, Va. – A child in foster care comes at a big cost to taxpayers and depending on how much support they need, the cost just increases when you add things like in-home therapy. But the Roanoke Valley has an innovative program that’s saving money.

The Burke family will officially be a little bigger later this year.

“Brian and I really felt like we could provide a kid a loving home and support,” said Cari Burke, a foster parent.

Cari and Brian Burke are adopting a child out of foster care and at times it’s been a roller coaster. But they’ve gotten support from Specialized Treatment and Resources Support (STARS for short) which provides extra support to families at no cost.

Innovative program will help the foster care system and save taxpayers money
Innovative program will help the foster care system and save taxpayers money

Brian Burke says he doesn’t think they would have been successful as foster parents without it.

“Through STARS, being able to talk with other folks who have been through it, that therapy they provide to not only our foster child but also to us to help us cope with dealing with that trauma that they’ve experienced,” said Brian Burke.

Roanoke County and Roanoke City teamed up for the support program that includes specialized training, a therapist, and fun events for families to attend.


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