Local foster care volunteer honored

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- Last weekend we told you about a local foster mom who was honored by Governor Jared Polis for the amazing things she's done in foster care.

Melody Frey started getting involved as a volunteer at The House, a shelter for at-risk teens, and she's a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

She says the number one challenge in foster parenting is the strong relationships you form, and then they're gone. One of her kids was recently reunited with their biological family.

“You create this bond that’s strong. And in the back of your head you know she’s going to go home eventually, but you put it on the horizon and it’s hard. You have to learn how to say goodbye and farewell,” said Melody Frey, foster care volunteer.

She started doing foster care to be there for kids who don't get the support they need from their own families.