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Vail Daily’s View: Eagle County needs foster care parents

Vail Daily Editorial Board
Vail, CO, Colorado
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If a child needs foster care in Eagle County, chances are they’ll be shipped out of town, sometimes far out of town.

Of the 350 or so reports of child abuse or neglect the county receives each year, 15 to 20 children here require foster care.

As the county Health and Human Services department geared up to recruit foster parents earlier this spring, officials noted that this normally big-hearted county had precisely one certified foster parent.

With luck, a series of informational meetings this spring will help begin to boost that pool to a dozen such parents, and then more from there.

John Fay, a county caseworker leading the recruitment effort, told of one child placed in a home in Kit Carson, near the Kansas border.

That kind of distance — frankly, any distance out of our county — strains the social service network and makes it that much harder to bring families back together.

A healthier foster care system in Eagle County would pay off in a healthier community, and it doesn’t appear to be particularly costly or otherwise onerous to achieve.

The county just needs a few more big-hearted families that can take in a child for a temporary stay.

We know many, many of these families exist in Eagle County. In a community with such a strong volunteer spirit, it’s a bit of a mystery why the foster parent lineup dwindled to one.

Some training is involved, and naturally, the county seeks successful parents who will pass background checks, for obvious reasons.

If you are looking for a genuine way to give back to your community, this one is about as good and needed as any right now.

Contact John Fay at 970-328-8840 or john.fay@eaglecounty.us if this sounds like it might be a good fit for you. No question, you’d make a real difference.

Vail Daily Editorial Board