KENNEWICK, Wash.—About 10,000 children in Washington are in the foster care system, but there is never enough potential parents willing to take them in. Many children and babies are often separated from their siblings, must move away from their hometown, and go through multiple foster homes. Catholic Family and Child Service is trying to raise awareness about the constant need.
"There are families who will adopt from foster care and so are no longer going to be taking placements, or folks do foster care for a period of time and determine they are not able to do it anymore," says Anne Lewallen, Foster Care Licensor/Program Supervisor.
They're looking to place newborns to 17-year-olds. The greatest need is homes for teens. Foster parents have the opportunity to mentor and guide them into adulthood.
To become a foster parent there are certain requirements. You must be 21-years or older, take a 27hour class and work with a licensor. In addition, a criminal history background check will be conducted and a home safety inspection.
If you're interested or want to learn more, contact the Catholic Family and Child Service's Foster Care Program at 946-4645.