Providing support and training to parents before and after adoption is key element in successfully transitioning foster children to a forever family. According to a Sept. 2 The Oklahoman report, country singer Jimmy Wayne will be the keynote speaker at a fundraiser for Deaconess Pregnancy and Adoption Services in Oklahoma.
Wayne knows about foster care first hand – he is a former foster child. The singer has several country music hits, including “Do You Believe Me Now” and “Stay Gone and I Will.” Jimmy is also the author of a book titled “Paper Angels.”
Jimmy Wayne entered foster care at age eight, along with his older sister as a result of his singe mother’s issues with alcohol. He bounced around, frequently running away from foster homes, until he was on his own at age 16.
Jimmy met an older couple who became his family. He lived with them for six years. Wayne says he learned to play guitar, began writing music and graduated college because of them.
Wayne’s mission is to spread the word that children in foster care need permanent and loving homes.
Jimmy Wayne said,
That’s our next generation, but we’re just not taking care of them. There’s a return on our investment if we can just see it.