For Immediate Release
Reno, Nevada. May 6, 2014. Washoe County’s Department of Social Services currently has 70 children for whom they are actively seeking foster homes, and will provide a Have a Heart Foster Care Workshop Saturday, May 17, for all individuals and couples interested in the program.
“We have a tremendous need for foster homes right now,” said Mikie Franklin, supervisor of the County’s Social Services Recruitment and Training unit for the foster care program. “For nearly a month, the Kids Kottage has been near capacity, and in the past week it has been at capacity several times. This is due to the placement of several sibling groups that we don't have foster homes to accommodate and the need for foster homes in areas where our children are removed.”
Franklin added there are many families going through the process for licensure, but the majority of those are relatives and homes whose main goal is adoption. The current need is focused around families that will transport kids to their current schools, have room to keep siblings together and will take children for emergency care.
The primary goal of the County’s Social Services Department is to protect children and strengthen families by working to resolve concerns that caused the initial removal of the child from his or her primary home, such as abuse or neglect. Parents whose children are in foster care have 12-18 months from the time of their child’s removal to remedy these issues. During this time, the intent of Social Services is to return children to the care of their biological parents.
Learn more about foster care and training to be a foster parent by watching a recruitment video that answers many frequently asked questions. Visit www.haveaheartnv.org/ for information and call (775) 337-4470 to sign up for the workshop.
WHAT: Have a Heart Foster Care Workshop
WHERE: The Wiegand Center, 1270 Foster Drive, Reno
WHEN: Saturday, May 17, 2014, 10 a.m.-11:30 a.m.