Utah Foster Care faces shortage of host families

Utah Foster Care faces shortage of host families

UTAH – The Utah Foster Care program is facing a shortage of potential foster families due to a rise of substance abuse in the state, officials say.

According to Utah Adoptive Consultants, there are over 3,000 foster children in Utah. Following an influx of drug and alcohol abuse, the number of needy children has ballooned. Unfortunately, this rapid growth has resulted in a shortage of available foster families, of which there are only about 300.

John Thill, a consultant for foster families, stated that “We talk about the needs of kids that are coming into care or those that need a change of placement, and it’s it’s sad to talk about the needs of these kids, but what’s worse is not having a place for them to go”.

The Utah Foster Care program continues a campaign to recruit more foster parents. Officials say they hope to find guardians open and able to take in kids with diverse ethnicity and ages.  The system’s goal is to provide a safe environment for kids, while their biological parents rehabilitate.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, contact the Utah foster care program at their website http://utahfostercare.org/become-a-foster-parent/

 

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