“Foster parents provide a source of stability for a child whose family is vulnerable,” said Doris Houston, associate director of the Center for Adoption Studies at Illinois State,

who is helping to plan the Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize conference. “And opening their homes to these children offers foster parents a wealth of ways to enrich their own lives, while helping an at-risk child.”

Couples and individuals considering becoming foster parents are encouraged to attend an informational orientation session at 2 p.m. Friday, June 7, at Illinois State University. The orientation is part of Keeping Our Eyes on the Prize: 21st Annual Conference on African American Child Well-Being and Family Permanency at the University’s Bone Student Center.

Representatives from the University’s School of Social Work and from the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) will be on hand to answer questions. The event is free and open to the public. No registration is required for those who wish to attend the orientation session.