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County looking for foster families

Daily Staff Report

EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County Health and Human Services is looking for local foster families. “Foster families are a special treasure for a child who has been traumatized,” said Marian McDonough, Eagle County’s adult and family service manager. “When a child needs care, it can be anytime of the day or night, on a weekday or a weekend. The important thing is to have families who are prepared and ready to open their homes when a child needs care.”Families must be certified by the county before they can provide foster care. This involves a home visit. When children are placed with foster family, Health and Human Services provides money for daily board and room rate, medical care and clothing for the foster children, and reimbursement of special expenses.Last year, 13 Eagle County children and youth received immediate and continuing care in family foster homes. The children were of all ages from newborn infants to teenagers. On the average, children were in foster care for about five months before their families were ready to resume care.Half of the placements involved a single child; half of the placements involved two siblings. Two of the children spoke only Spanish and were cared for by a Spanish speaking foster family. Some of the children had special newborn medical needs.Families may join the foster care team at any time during the year. For more information to call Jennifer Worcester at (970)704-2770.Vail, Colorado

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