Letter: There is a shortage of foster homes

Published 8:07 pm Thursday, May 17, 2018

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care and our community. Starting in 1988 and during each year of his tenure, President George H.W. Bush issued annual proclamations in recognition of National Foster Care Month to show appreciation and gratitude to foster parents across the nation.

Freeborn County would like to recognize the foster families throughout our county for all they do for the children in their care. The intent of foster care is to provide a safe environment for children and youth who temporarily cannot live with their families. Our foster parents do much more than that. They not only provide a safe place for children to live temporarily, they provide a promise of a brighter tomorrow.  Foster parents provide love, security and hope when often times it is felt that all hope is gone. 

Freeborn County has 27 homes that are licensed or in the process of becoming licensed to provide care to non-relatives and 15 homes that are licensed or in the process of becoming licensed for relatives only. Freeborn County is always looking for people who are interested in becoming foster parents. There is a shortage of foster homes and this is a statewide concern. If you would like more information about becoming a foster parent, please contact the foster care licensor, Jean Hagenson at 507-377-5469 or jean.hagenson@co.freeborn.mn.us.

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Please take a moment to thank any foster parents you may know. 

Jean Hagenson

foster care licensor

Freeborn County Department of Human Services