Green Bay 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.

Green Bay family is making a difference in foster care

One of Becky Van Lanen's foster children playing. Becky and her husband Brad have been foster parents for five years. (WLUK/David Duchan)

One of Becky Van Lanen’s foster children playing. Becky and her husband Brad have been foster parents for five years. (WLUK/David Duchan)

GREEN BAY (WLUK) — As a mother plays and laughs with her foster children, her smile lights up the room.

Becky Van Lanen and her husband, Brad, have been foster parents for five years.

“We wanted a big family and we already had three girls so we were like, why don’t we open our home to other kids who really just need love and a family,” said Van Lanen.

Over the past five years they’ve cared for 88 children and adopted one.

“All of our kids have been wonderful that have come into our house; they have all had their special qualities,” said Van Lanen.

The Van Lanens are currently caring for four foster children.

“The number of kids that came into care is increasing faster,” said Oriana Carey, the CEO of Wisconsin Coalition for Children, Youth & Families.