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DHR seeks foster parents

Since the pandemic began, the Department of Human Resources has seen an increased need for foster parents across the state, particularly in Franklin County. To help meet this need, Franklin County DHR is going to be hosting a series of classes for anyone interested in becoming a foster parent.

Leilani Johnson with Foster Home Licensing said right now DHR is having a difficult time finding a place for the children from newborn to 17.

“We are just really in need of some good people who would be willing to open their homes,” Johnson said.

The classes will be held a total of 10 weeks, every Sunday from 2-5 p.m. from Feb. 7 to April 18 at the DHR office, 737 Highway 48 in Russellville.

In addition to attending the classes, future foster parents will also need to go through a background check, for which DHR will cover the cost.

Foster parent Faith Hill said she has learned so much from being a foster parent but knows it can be a difficult job.

“Being a foster parent is not for everyone,” Hill said. “You do get attached, but at the end of the day, you have to think of all of the other children you get to help.”

Hill said being a foster parent has taught her about loving a child unconditionally and the desire to help children in their time of need.

“It’s a great feeling to know I am able to help children in their time of need,” Hill said. “You grow so much in that time, and it is great being able to help them grow, too.”

Anyone interested in attending the class can sign up at the first class Feb. 7.

For more information, contact DHR at 256-331-5940.