National Foster Care Month salutes the irreplaceable value that foster parents provide to youth who live in the foster care system.

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Greensboro, N.C. -- You normally think of May for Mother's Day or graduations even spring; but this will get you thinking about May for an entirely different reason.

May is National Foster Care Month. These days, you might also hear foster care referred to as a forever home, which helps to get rid of the negative connotation that has surrounded it for years.

WFMY News 2's Tracey McCain talked with a dedicated foster mom about her decision to open her home to a child in need.

Lavern Lamb became a foster parent after learning that one of her granddaughter's friends was homeless. "I took her in, but a judge said I couldn't keep her unless I became a foster parent, so I contacted DSS and started the process," said Lamb.

That was two years ago. Since then, she has fostered a pregnant teenager, a young person on the CARS agreement and a couple of other children in need. Currently, she has a 15-year-old in her home and feels blessed to be able to positively impact young lives.

"I love to see these kids smile when they get an A or when they graduate," said Lamb. "It's hard work, but it's all worth it."

There are more than 400,000 children and youth who live in the foster care system annually. More than 8,400 children need forever homes in North Carolina.

The Children's Home Society knows fostering might seem intimidating, but you can learn more about becoming a foster parent and get updates on meetings that can help you better understand the process on their website. Click here to see how you can get involved.

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