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Community is stepping up to help with foster care
Posted on 02/20/2018
Community is stepping up to help with foster careSince August, when the Weld County Department of Human Services first launched its Foster Family recruitment campaign, twelve families have become certified to provide loving homes for young people in Weld County foster care, with another ten families on track to becoming certified in the next several months.

“Since we began our campaign, we’ve received an outpouring of interest in the form of emails, phone calls and attendance at our bi-monthly Welcome Nights,” said Judy Griego, Director of Human Services. “We are so thankful to our community for taking this first selfless step to help abused and neglected young people, but more families are still needed to provide loving homes to children and teens.”

The recruitment campaign isn’t over, however. The county is seeking at least another ten families by the end of August, particularly for young people with special needs, sibling groups, older youth ages 8-18 and Spanish-speaking children and teens.
The process of becoming certified is not for the faint of heart; it takes time and commitment, and it is suggested that those interested discuss it with their family first. To help in this process, Weld County foster families receive ongoing support, training, counseling and resources from dedicated staff members, any time of the day or night. Families also receive respite and child care as needed, allowing time to be refreshed and refocused.

“We have a serious shortage of families for our children and teens in foster care,” said Commissioner Mike Freeman, Coordinator for the Department of Human Services. “We’re asking our community to dig deep, and to really consider opening your hearts and homes to our young people in need. You may only need to provide a home for a little while, but the love you provide will last a lifetime.”

Informational Welcome Nights are held twice a month in both north and south county locations, allowing a larger reach for residents to have their questions about fostering answered in a no-commitment, informal atmosphere. Welcome Night information is regularly shared on the county’s Facebook page, @WeldCountyGovernment.

To learn more about foster care in Weld County, please call (970) 400-6849, email fostercare@weldgov.com or visit https://tinyurl.com/WeldCoFosterCare.