BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Families belong together. When families cannot be together due to safety, substance abuse or instability, foster care may be needed for a period of time until that family can live together once again.

“We have a critical need to recruit additional foster families in the greater Baton Rouge area. We need homes for teens, sibling groups and medically fragile children. One of the greatest needs is to recruit foster families for short-term emergency placements,” said Robin Guillmette, program director at National Youth Advocate Program in Baton Rouge.

The separation of siblings in foster care has a tremendous negative impact on a majority of children and youth. Youth mental health providers report increased anxiety, stress, depression, negative behaviors and suicidal ideation when they are separated from their siblings in care.

To learn more about becoming a foster parent with the National Youth Advocate Program, visit or email