Foster Care Agency in Need of More Foster Homes - WBAY

Foster Care Agency in Need of More Foster Homes

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A local non-profit foster care agency is trying to recruit more foster parents.

The agency is trying to get more kids in foster homes and out of residential facilities.

Judy Hopman has been a foster parent for 14 years.

"It's definitely been rewarding. It's also been challenging. I love challenges. It's really neat to watch the kids grow," explained Hopman.

The American Foundation of Counseling Services in Green Bay wants to add more foster parents like Hopman for teens ages 10 to 18 with emotional and behavioral issues.

The director says the need for homes is constant.

"There's a lot of kids in the foster care system. I think there's 7,000 throughout Wisconsin at any given time," said director of foster care," Ryan Good.

It can be difficult to find people willing to take on teens with these issues, but Good says foster parents get 36 hours of training.

In Green Bay, you might have noticed signs on streets. The need for foster parents is so high the American Foundation for Counseling Services puts them out a couple of times a year in the area to get people interested.

"Really anyone 21 or over and they can't have anything significant on their background. We do child abuse checks, reference checks," said Good.

The foundation takes referrals for children from counties across the state and tries to place them in homes not in residential centers.

"If you decide through training it's not for you or your family it's not for you, that's fine too. But give it a try, find out more information," said Hopman.

Families also get 24-7 support for any issue that may arise.

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