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Upcoming foster parent orientation in Yakima

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YAKIMA, WA - Over ten thousand kids in Washington state are in foster care, and thousands more are still looking for foster parents. The Department of Social and Health Services has organized a bi-monthly foster parent orientation in Yakima to answer any questions perspective foster parents may have.

To become a foster parent, the first step is to just submit an application either at the DSHS or online. Then you get assigned to a foster home licenser, and they'll help you through the entire process.

In Yakima County there are over 300 kids in foster care, and over 100 of those are in relative care. In Yakima County, there are 194 foster homes registered, which shows what a need this county has for more parents.

If you are interested in becoming a parent, the orientation is open to everyone. The event is held twice a month on Wednesdays.

On June 20, the event is from 5:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at the DSHS office located at 1002 N. 16th ave, Yakima.

For more information you can also visit dshs.wa.gov and click on the link that's labeled "How to become a foster parent."

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