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Foster family shortage in spotlight

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An information night last Wednesday aimed at trying to drum up new foster homes in the district went well, said Christa Little, foster care co-ordinator for Family and Children’s Services here.

“It wasn’t bad,” Little said of the three families who turned out.

“We had [four] good presenters,” she said, referring to the foster parent, adoptive family, adoptee, and a woman who spent a lot of her life in care who spoke that evening.

The presenters spoke to potential foster and adoptive families about their experiences, as well as both the challenges and rewards of foster and adoptive care.

There’s currently a shortage of foster families in the district, making things more challenging for Little and her team when it comes to placing children, especially in emergency situations when a child must be placed right away.

Despite this setback, Little is thankful of any interest from the community in getting involved. “Even one [family] makes me happy,” she remarked.

The information night was timed to coincide with Canadian Foster Family Week, which runs Oct. 19-25.

Little said an appreciation night will be held for district foster families sometime in November.

In the meantime, FACS is playing the waiting game for any new foster homes.

“Now it just becomes a sort of wait-and-see,” Little explained.

Any families who would like more information about fostering can reach Little at 274-7787 ext. 226.

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