Desperate for foster familes, Washoe County

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Updated: 2/08/2013 5:50 pm
RENO, Nev. ( & KRNV)- "We are in desperate need of foster homes and adoptive homes," said Mikie Franklin, Social Work Supervisor for Washoe County's Department of Social Services.

Currently, 72 children who have been removed from their homes are staying at the Kids Kottage in Reno. Police or Social Workers bring children to Kids Kottages after they have been removed from their families because of violence, abuse or neglect . They are temporary homes operated 24 hours a day. "It's sad because it's not a family. It's not a home environment," said Franklin.

Finding a temporary home for these children and teens. can be difficult for a number of reasons. First and foremost, it is a big commitment. Another reason, many children at the shelter right now have a multiple brothers and sisters. "It's hard to find foster families who can take large sibling groups," said Franklin.

Franklin says they are now reaching out to the community and recruiting foster parents. They have put up an on line video to dispel some of the myths or fears potential parents might have. "If there are people out there that have room in the home or heart for a big group of kids or just really amazing kids, they should call us."

Washoe County’s Department of Social Services  will provide a Have a Heart Foster Care Workshop Tuesday, Feb. 12, for all individuals and couples interested in the program.
To learn more about foster care and training to be a foster parent, the WCSSD has posted a recruitment video  that answers many frequently asked questions. Visit for information and call (775) 337-4470 to sign up for the workshop.
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Happyheart - 2/14/2013 5:15 AM
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It is a shame. I was a licensed foster/adoptive family in Washoe County for 2 years and NEVER had a child(ren) placed in my home. As a matter of fact, I was even denied children because I did not have suffient experience with fetal alcohol syndrome even though I had the time, money, and willingness to gain additional training and provide any special care required. All the while they continue to place children in the care of unqualified persons who were unable to pay their bills and in some cases committing criminal acts. So tell me, are they really in desperate need for qualify loving, caring, capable homes?

roseanya - 2/11/2013 9:19 AM
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Break up siblings so they can be adopted out. Let's stop importing children from overseas and take care of our own. Siblings can reconnect and even stay in contact--stop treating "separation" as a trauma and the kids will adjust.

Kramer - 2/10/2013 2:08 PM
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there is a group home up the street from me. i know this because somewhat disabled kids stop by my house and ask for rides or for bus fare (sometimes to a casino). this pathetic county is rife with neglect!

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