Foster families desperately needed in Washoe County

Reported by: Madison Corney
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Updated: 5/16/2014 12:19 am

NEVADA (KRNV & -- Social Services officials say 70 children are in need of a foster home in Washoe County and there are even more children who are looking for a forever home.

 “I got taken away when I was 12, because my step dad was not a very good person and he ended up in prison,” says Jolene Dille.

Jolene Dille was once a foster child in the Reno community and though she only lived with her foster family for a little more than a year she credits them with who she is today.

“They were everything, I would not be who I am without them,” explains Jolene.

Jolene was reunited with her mom at age 14, but she says it was difficult to readjust and at 17 she was on her own. Soon after turning 18 she had a daughter who she gave up for adoption at 15 months old. After a few years of trying to find herself Jolene started college at TMCC where she will graduate next week, before transferring to the University of Nevada, Reno where she plans to get her bachelor’s in social work.

Through all of her ups and downs Jolene says her foster family has always been a part of her life, “My foster parents when I was 13 years old, I’m still in contact with them, they’ll be at my graduation,” exclaims Jolene.

Jolene hopes that other foster children can have the same experience she has had and offers this piece of advice to potential foster families, “Just don’t give up.”

If you are interested in being a foster parent you are encouraged to attend the “Have a Heart Foster Care and Adoption Fair on Saturday, May 17, 2014.

The workshop runs from 10a.m. until 11:30a.m. at The Wiegand Center at 1270 Foster Drive in Reno.

If you have always thought about being a foster parent, but thought you wouldn't qualify, Mikie Franklin with Washoe County Social Services say you more than likely qualify to help these children in need. 

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