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Foster parent info meeting set for Sept. 25

Grangeville training runs Nov. 2-17



— Those with a heart for children in need are invited to an informational meeting “Foster Care on the Prairie.” This is set for Tuesday, Sept. 25, 5:30 to 7 p.m., at Camas Counseling, 304 S. State Street.

“We have a desperate need for foster parents in Idaho County. It has the fewest foster parent resources of any county in North Central Idaho,” explained Katie Stinson, LMSW. Stinson is a recruitment coordinator who serves Boundary, Bonner, Kootenai, Benewah, Shoshone, Latah, Nez Perce, Clearwater, Lewis and Idaho counties.

Stinson said currently there are just two licensed foster homes in all of Idaho County.

“Yet we have had dozens of children removed from homes in the county in the past year,” she emphasized.

Requirements for foster parents include being 21 years of age or older; passing a background check; able to provide a safe home with room for children (rent or own); and have sufficient income to care for the family’s basic needs without the foster care reimbursement.

Foster parents can be single, married or partnered and do not have to have any previous parenting experience; however, those who become foster parents “must love children and be able to support family reunification,” Stinson stated.

Becoming a foster parent is free on a monetary level, with a time commitment for training.

The application, fingerprints/background check, home study and training are all of no cost. Foster parents also receive a monthly reimbursement for every child they take into their home to help compensate for the expenses related to caring for a child.

Stinson said those becoming foster parents typically need to plan for six months from the day they contact her to the day they become licensed.

“In Idaho County the foster parent training only comes every two years due to limited class offerings,” she explained. “So, families who are interested will have an opportunity this month — after that they would need to travel to Lewiston, Moscow or Orofino for training. So, now is a great time to reach out!”

The Grangeville training classes are set for Nov. 2 (4-6 and 6-9 p.m.); Nov. 3 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.); Nov. 9 (6-9 p.m.); Nov. 10 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.); Nov. 16 (6-9 p.m.); and Nov. 17 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.)

To contact Stinson call 208-699-1749 or e-mail mstinson2@ewu.edu; log onto www.FosteringIdaho.org for details.



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