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Foster families needed

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EAGLE COUNTY – Eagle County Health and Human Services is looking for foster families.The agency is looking for families who have room in their lives for a child whose own family is in crisis, said Marian McDonough, Eagle County’s adult and family service manager. “Foster families are a special treasure for a child who has been traumatized,” McDonough said. “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.”Health & Human hopes to locate 10 additional foster families throughout the county, she said. Foster families must go through a home study and a foster family preparation process with the agency to be certified, she said. When children are placed with foster family, Health and Human Services provides a 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, McDonough said. Children were in foster care for an average of five months before their families are ready to resume care. Half of the placements involved a single child and half involved two siblings, she said. Two of the children were spoke only Spanish and were cared for by a Spanish-speaking foster family. Some of the children had special medical needs, she said. For more information call Kathy Reed, foster home coordinator, at 748-2005. Mule Deer Foundation holds fund-raiser April 9 WOLCOTT – The Buckhorn Chapter of the Mule Deer Foundation hold its annual fund-raising banquet April 9, at 4:30 p.m. at the 4-Eagle Ranch, four miles north of Wolcott. There will be live and silent auctions, a raffle, games and a steak-and-chicken dinner served chuck wagon style.For additional information, contact Ted Archibeque at 471-0302.Pond skimming champions coming to Vail on April 16VAIL – Athlete training is officially underway as the world’s top Arctic water warriors prepare to go the distance across the icy swells on Vail’s Golden Peak Pond in the Pond Skimming World Championships.The even is part of the Spring Back to Vail festival, April 4 though April 17. On April 16, 75 “daredevils” from across the globe will suit up in their fins and flippers to be crowned the king or queen of pond skimming and take home the ‘Golden Skimmer’ award.Athletes can register at http://www.springbacktovail.com.”This course will challenge the full gamut of traditional athletic abilities: speed, balance, agility, strength and water solubility,” said Amy Hornyak of Highline Sports and Entertainment. “With the added elements of personal style, costume originality and really cold water, it truly breaks new ground in the world of snow sports.” Reigning pond skimming champ, Vail Ski Patroller Corey Miller, will pass the title to this year’s winner.For more information, contact Highline Sports and Entertainment at 476-6797 or info@gohighline.com.Vail, Colorado


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