Lazenby previously worked in high school ministry at a church in Knoxville.
She is a native of Birmingham, Ala., and holds a bachelor’s degree in public relations from Baylor University.
Lazenby said she has always had a huge heart for foster care and adoption. Her father was adopted, and she grew up with several adopted friends. While leading a small group for high school students at her church, she had the chance to interact with a girl in foster care and her foster parents.
“I got to see firsthand the impact her foster parents had on her. I think we’ve all had those people in our lives that see our potential and help us to reach that,” she said.
“Foster parents get the incredible opportunity to invest in kids’ lives and make a huge difference.”
Lazenby said she is looking for all types of people to become foster parents.
“We have such a diverse group of kids that need homes. Most importantly, we’re looking for families or individuals that have a strong desire to care for and love children and provide a temporary home,” she said.
Lazenby will be offering free foster parent training classes for adults in the Clevelend area who are interested in becoming foster parents.
Her first set of training classes will be held on Saturdays at 9 a.m., beginning Oct. 19, at the Youth Villages office, located at 5741 Cornelison Road, 6400 Building, Chattanooga, TN 37411.
Foster parents should be over the age of 25 and living in the Bradley County area. Foster parents should have viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home study.
Youth Villages provides foster parents with 24-hour access to counselors, support groups and a monthly stipend to offset the cost of adding a child to the home. Foster parents also often have the first right to adopt if the child becomes available for adoption.
For more information about the upcoming training classes or how you can change the life of a child, contact Lara Lazenby at 423-954-8843 or lara.lazenby @youthvillages.org.