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Huge Need For Foster Parents In Fargo

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A growing need in the Fargo area for foster homes has many worried about where to place children. Cass County Social Services has had more than double the number of children to be placed in temporary homes, and space is running out.

"I have never seen such a rise in the number of placements so quickly." says Rose Vaudrin Cass County Foster Care Licensing Specialist. 

They need more homes so they can continue to help children in our area.
Bobbi Schwantes is a working mother of four, but many days she's a mother to more, because she's a licensed foster parent.

"I've done short term, emergency care, a day or two, we've done long term some I've had for two years." Bobbi says.

But even with her home being open, the recent numbers of children in need of foster homes are overwhelming.

Since October 1, 2013 they've had 58 placements, with eleven going to relatives and 47 into foster care homes. And of the 97 foster parents in the Fargo area there are only about 50 that do it regularly.

"It's probably one of the critically most serious situations I have seen since I've been here." Rose says.

She says if more parents become licensed then more children can be helped.

"We need a home that keep them safe, keep them still connected as much as possible to what's familiar to them, so we do the least amount of emotional damage to the child during the period where we're trying to help this family." Rose says.

And after seeing kids come and go and be adopted into families, Bobbi says it's still a good feeling helping a child when they are scared and in need.

"It is not easy to let them go, but I think you should get attached to the kids you have in your care because that's what they need, you know they need that love." Bobbi says.

It takes four weeks to receive your license, and are required to take a class as well. Families are reimbursed for the money they spend on the children that are put in their care.

If you want to become a licensed foster home, contact your County Social Services. If you are in Fargo call Rose Vaudrin at 701-239-6804.
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