Urgent need for foster families in Sonoma

Attendees can hear from experienced foster parents and local foster care agencies.|

Each day, 50 to 75 Sonoma County children and teens are in need of a safe place to live, according to the county’s Sonoma Foster Care agency, and there is currently an “urgent” need for foster parents and adoptive families to open their homes to local foster children.

Local families can learn more about foster parenting at Explore Foster Parenting, a one-hour discussion held monthly, 6 to 7 p.m., at 2255 Challenger Way, Suite 100, Santa Rosa.

The date for the upcoming talk is Monday, Feb. 24. For information and to reserve a seat, call 565-4274. Additional talks are March 23, April 27 and May 18.

Attendees can hear from experienced foster parents and local foster care agencies, including the Sonoma County Health & Human Services Department’s Family, Youth and Children’s Division, TLC Child & Family Services, Alternative Family Services, Lilliput Families and Seneca.

Attendees can learn about the different types of foster parents, including:

Those who provide a temporary home as an emergency foster parent;

Those who foster a child with the potential of adoption;

Or those who can rent out a room and act as a mentor to an older foster youth going to school or working.

For more about becoming a foster parent, visit sonomafostercare.org or call 565-4274.

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