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Children need foster families

Posted: October 23, 2013 - 12:01am

Dear editor,

Currently, there are approximately 7,200 abused and neglected children in the foster care system of Georgia. These children need dedicated foster families to provide safe homes for them.

Georgia DHS, Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) is looking for strong, dedicated parents to provide care for children in foster care. DFCS is the state administered foster care and adoption agency that provides recruitment, training, certification and retention services to care providers.

Foster families provide temporary care for children, between the ages of 0 and 18 who have been removed from their families due to physical/ sexual/ emotional abuse, neglect or in cases where the parent is otherwise unavailable. Foster parents offer day-to-day care and guidance until the child can be reunited with his or her birth family, move to a kinship family or be placed in a permanent adoptive home. Many foster parents have the opportunity to adopt. Approximately 80 percent of foster parents end up adopting children that have been placed in their home.

DFCS has county offices around the state including one in Columbia to answer questions and serve the needs of foster families in Columbia County. Families interested in adopting or fostering a child in their community can call 1-877-210-5437 to get additional information or talk about fostering opportunities in their area.

Sincerely,

Pamela Clark, SSCM

Region VII Resource Development

Columbia County DFCS

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