The CALL is sponsoring an informational meeting at the FNB Community Center on Tuesday, Sept. 4 at 6 p.m.
The organization will be sharing information about how individuals can become a foster or adoptive family. Even if that is not a possibility at this time, representatives would like to share how anyone can support these families.
There will also be a family present to speak to which has adopted through the foster care system and attendees will be able to see the Heart Gallery of pictures which features some of the children from the foster care system that are available for adoption.
“We have an ongoing tragic situation in our county and your help is needed,” the organization said in a news release. “We don’t have nearly enough foster homes in Logan County to provide for all of the Logan County children that are in DHS custody. There are 75 children in foster care from our county and only five DHS approved foster homes in Logan County.
“The vast majority of the 75 children in foster care are placed all over the state wherever DHS can find space in a foster home or an approved children’s shelter. The tragedy is that having to be placed so far away from their home town and school further traumatizes these children that are already suffering from the traumatizing effect of the neglect and/or abuse in the home they had to be removed from.”
The release adds that sometimes sibling groups have to be split up because there isn’t room in the available foster homes for all of the children from one family to be placed in a single location.
Placement far from Logan County also makes it much more difficult for the DHS caseworkers and the Court Appointed Special Advocates to visit with the children in foster care, to see first-hand how they are doing, if the court’s orders are being followed, or if additional orders should be recommended to the court.
If you have any questions, please call Amanda Farris, Logan & Scott County CALL Coordinator at (479) 206 2212.