MOUNT VERNON — Jill and Byron Rock are making a difference in the world we live in. As foster and adoptive parents with Knox County Children Services, the couple open their home to provide a stable, loving environment for children coping with being separated from their biological family.
“It was a choice we had to work toward,” Jill said of becoming foster parents. “It wasn’t something we decided to do one day and they gave us a license and started placing kids.”
To become licensed, potential foster parents must attended 36 hours of pre-service training, clear background checks, pass a fire inspection and water test if the family uses well water and participate in interviews with an adoption assessor.
“The training includes a lot of real-life experiences to help families determine if they can handle being foster parents,” said Connie LaRue, foster/adoption worker.