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May is Foster Care Month; Foster Parents Needed

Photo by Gisela Giardino

Lucas County Children Services (LCCS) joins child welfare agencies nationwide in recognizing May 2011 as National Foster Care Month, and is appealing for more adults and families to become foster caregivers in Lucas County.

LCCS currently has about 270 adults and families providing homes for about 350 Lucas County children. These foster families care for children while their parents take time to work out the problems that prevent their kids from being safe at home. Foster parents also support birth families by providing guidance and support so families have a better chance of reunifying successfully.

Right now, LCCS needs more families to become foster caregivers. The need is particularly acute for families in the 43605, 43608, 43609 and 43612 zip codes, as well as for families who are able to care for groups of three or more brothers and sisters. "The bond between brothers and
sisters, particularly those who have been abused or neglected, is very strong. They provide each other with a sense of security. When siblings stay together in foster care, they adjust much better, since they don't have to worry whether their brother or sister is all right," says Dean Sparks, executive director of Lucas County Children Services.