Packers Ty Montgomery and mom advocate foster care
MILWAUKEE (WISN) -
A Green Bay Packers wide receiver and his mom are working together to show the benefits of foster parenting through a new effort.
Ty Montgomery and his mother, Lisa Montgomery, have joined a foster parent recruitment campaign with the theme, “Without foster parents, futures get stuck.”
Lisa Montgomery fostered 17 children. Ty Montgomery, her only biological son, was keen on the idea.
“I wanted a bigger family,” he said. “I wanted some brothers in my life."
His first foster brother was a boy named Lee.
“He is my very first foster son, that's Lee,” she said.
There would eventually be 16 more children coming into the Montgomery home.
Lisa Montgomery hasn’t forgotten what made her do it all in the first place.
“They just want the same love, the same attention, that you would give to your own, and that's what makes it so special. That's what gives me that feeling that I have enough love to share,” she said.
Ty Montgomery remembers the sense of family he felt at gaining a foster sibling.
“I didn't really know too much about the sense of foster and what that might technically mean, but to me when we got them, that was my brother, instantly. I shared rooms, I shared toys, we shared everything,” he said.
It wasn't always easy, but Montgomery said it was never too much.
"I got more than what I bargained for, but I didn't get more than I can handle," he said.
Ty Montgomery said he hopes that when fans see him on the football field, they consider opening their home to a foster child and making the future brighter.
To learn more about how to become a foster parent, visit the Wisconsin Department of Children and Families or Foster Parents Rock websites.