Salem, Ore. – The Department of Human Services, District 3 Child Welfare office and Catholic Community Services are joining forces in a recruitment effort to find additional foster care homes for teens in need. “Teens in Marion County foster care need strong, caring adults to help them grow and have what they need to succeed in today’s wold,” said Walt Beglau, district attorney for Marion County and chair of the Family Preservation Action Team. “Finding the right home for every child must be our primary objective.”
Dick Withnell of Withnell Dodge and the Convener of the Marion County’s Safe & Equitable Foster Care Reduction Project, said, “We need individuals and families who are willing to step into the gap and support the children in our community. When children in foster care do not have the same opportunities the rest of us have, that’s not right. Reaching out and supporting a youth in our community can be the difference making a differences.”
The community’s help is needed. Anyone interested in learning more about the steps to being caring for a teen in foster care are encouraged to attend an informational meeting on Tuesday, November 13, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:0 p.m. at IKE Box Coffee Shop, 299 Cottage Street, in Salem.
Source: Marion County Children and Families Department