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WISE CO. NEEDS FOSTER FAMILIES

WISE CO. NEEDS FOSTER FAMILIES

Wednesday, June 20, 2007
by Roger Epperson

ATTENTION WISE COUNTY VIRGINIA FAMILIES. YOU MAY NOT REALIZE IT, BUT MORE AND MORE FOSTER CARE FAMILIES ARE ALWAYS NEEDED. WHILE THERE ARE CURRENTLY SOME 148 CHILDREN IN THE COUNTY FOSTER CARE SYSTEM, THERE ARE ALWAYS MORE CHILDREN THAN THERE ARE FAMILIES TO TAKE THEM. BECAUSE OF NEGLECT OR ABUSE, SOME CHILDREN ARE REMOVED FROM THEIR ORIGINAL HOMES AND TEMPORARILY PLACED WITH A FOSTER CARE FAMILY. HOWEVER, AT THE PRESENT TIME THERE ARE CURRENTLY ONLY AROUND 85 FAMILIES IN THE COUNTY ACCEPTING FOSTER CHILDREN. NONETHELESS, WISE COUNTY HAS ONE OF THE HIGHEST RATES IN THE STATE FOR PLACING CHILDREN WITH FAMILIES. HISTORICALLY SPEAKING, OVER THE PAST TWO MONTHS, 22 TO 24 CHILDREN HAVE BEEN TAKEN INTO FOSTER CARE. OFFICIALS SAY OFTEN THEY HAVE BEEN REMOVED FROM THEIR HOMES BECAUSE OF DRUG ARRESTS.

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