DULUTH, MN– More than 600 children in St. Louis County are in and out of home placement, a number that’s on the rise according to Foster care licenser Hannah Checketts.
Checketts says, “What we’re seeing is an increase in out of home placement in the last few years. Over 50% of the cases we see involve some type of parental substance use issue.”
More kids needing homes means the county needs more people willing to open their homes.
But at the event Tuesday, no one showed up.
Checketts says it highlights how tough it can be to find the right families for kids in need.
“Foster parents are really invaluable to the children and families we serve. When we encounter families we’re working with them as they face many struggles,” says Checketts.
Struggles, like homelessness and substance abuse.
That’s why a stable foster home brings a sense of normalcy for kids going through a rough time.
“We place children in care so they have safety, stability, structure, and consistency. And we hope to support them in safely reuniting them with their families.”
If you missed today’s event and are interested in fostering click here.