LONG BEACH - Pacific County is recruiting foster parents. Ruth Dillon, Foster Parent Licenser will be presenting a three-day pre-service training: May 30 from 5:30 p.m. until 9 p.m., May 31, 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. and the final day of training is June 7, from 9 am to 4:30 p.m.

Interested persons are encouraged to call 642-6235 to make a reservation now. All training will take place at 2601 Pacific Avenue, in the DSHS Building, upstairs.

If you enjoy a challenge and like some adventure in your life, being a foster parent could be just the right step for you. Pacific County has an on-going need for foster parents. The children served are aged from birth to seventeen years. The needs of the children vary: some are in care for a very brief time others will be in care for some time. People interested in children and committed to helping make a better life for them can serve as emergency placements, short or long-term foster care, provide respite care for children or be considered as an adoptive placement.

Potential foster parents must attend a pre-service class and pass a background check. A modest payment is made for the children placed in care to cover the cost of most expenses. There is training made available for foster parents in a wide variety of areas of child growth and development.

We have children with a variety of needs and therefore the need foster parents from a variety of backgrounds. Single persons as well as couples are encouraged to consider this service. At this time we have some foster parents who are moving from the area and some who have served many, many children and are now retiring from foster parenting.

The need is especially pressing.

Foster parenting is a wonderful way to serve the community, help a child who needs a stable adult in their life and feel the emotional rewards of helping a child at a crisis point in their life. Please call 642-6235 and make reservations for a place in the pre-service training.

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