Airmen in your community: Fostering for Airmen

2014-02-10T00:00:00Z 2014-02-14T09:15:36Z Airmen in your community: Fostering for Airmenby Airman 1st Class Betty R. Chevalier 355th Fighter Wing Public Affairs Arizona Daily Star

People are always in need of help, whether you see the homeless on the corner or a stranger asking for help. Sometimes we get so caught up in our daily lives we only help those people who come to us with their problems. Two Airmen from Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, Ariz., have reached out to help those who haven't asked.

Tech Sgt. Christopher Poole, 355th FW non-commissioned officer in charge of readiness and programs, and Master Sgt. Mark Molineaux, 355th FW Inspector General wing inspections plan manager, provide foster care for the children in Pima County.

Foster Care is a program where children, from infants to 17-year-olds, who have been removed from their home for legal reasons, are placed in a temporary home with a family who has been approved and licensed by the state. A child can be placed in foster care for a day, a week or even longer depending on the child's situation.

Poole and his wife received their foster care license in December 2012, while Molineaux and his wife received theirs in October 2013. Both families wanted to reach out for different reasons.

"My wife and I were looking at expanding our family," Molineaux said. "We decided that instead of having more of our own children, there are plenty of kids in the world that need a loving environment to live or grow up in."

Both families have children, so parenting was nothing new to them. They explained what was going to happen to their children before bringing new kids into the household. The program even gives foster parents the opportunity to choose an age range of kids they would prefer and if they would like a sibling group.

The program tries to pick the best match for the foster child and the foster parents. They will have meetings and over-night stays to see if the child will be a good fit in that home, but sometimes events arises where a child needs an emergency placement.

Poole said his family waited three months to find a match, before they took in an emergency placement of siblings. The children stayed with them for about four months.

To become a foster parent, the families must be screened to see if they meet a list of requirements, including background checks, a safe living environment and parenting classes. Poole and his wife completed the process in approximately two months.

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Davis-Monthan Air Force Base, known as “D-M” to our neighbors, is home to the 355th Fighter Wing, the premier air combat base for all Air Force A-10 C fighter aircraft training. Davis-Monthan is also home to other vital Department of Defense units including 12th Air Force (Air Forces Southern), 55th Electronic Combat Group, 563rd Rescue Group and the 309th Aerospace Maintenance and Regeneration Group, nicknamed “The Boneyard.”

Davis-Monthan is located within the city limits of Tucson, Ariz., and has been an integral part of the Tucson community since its dedication in 1927. In fiscal year 2012, Davis-Monthan circulated approximately $1.1 billion ($1.6 billion including retirees) into the local community and created 4,687 jobs in Tucson. The more than 10,800 personnel, who are assigned and employed at Davis-Monthan, live, work and educate their children in the Tucson metropolitan area. Nearly 75 percent of our 7,537 military service members live off base.

D-M Airmen are proud to serve their country, deploying to nearly every corner of the globe. At any given time 500 or more are deployed in support of worldwide operations. D-M Airmen are also proud to call Tucson home. The valuable relationship with the Tucson community and Southern Arizona supporters helps us achieve our missions.

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