Thursday, November 6, 2008
Foster homes needed in county
Each year, November is recognized as National Adoption Awareness Month. While adoption-related issues are important, we want to express to you the needs of children who are currently in foster care.
Approximately 46 Marshall County children are in foster care and half of them are placed in far away counties due to unavailability of foster/adoptive (resource) homes. Marshall County has only 14 licensed resource homes. These licensed homes are either full or are taking a break from having children placed in their homes. With this information in mind, the Mississippi Department of Human Services, Division of Family and Children’s Services is constantly seeking additional resource homes.
Most of our children are school aged, and they desire to maintain permanent connections to both their family and resource families. They need loving homes where they are safe while their families are rehabilitated. But on those occasions when the birth family is unable to be reunited, the children may need a family to become their forever family through adoption.
Qualified individuals and/or families should be at least 21 years of age, may be single, married or legally divorced with a self-supporting income and an appropriate home environment.
If you are interested in becoming a resource family for Marshall County, please contact the resource specialist, Patricia Anosike at 662-252-3465 or e-mail me at Patricia.Anosike@mdhs.ms.gov.
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