The Ottumwa Courier

Wapello County

May 17, 2013

Agency couple has provided foster care for 38 kids in last decade

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If anyone has even the slightest interest in becoming a foster parent, Terry and Angie said as one, "Do it."

Foster care is flexible, they said, since foster parents can choose the age group they'd like in their home, say "yes" or "no" when they are called with a new child and they can even take breaks from being foster parents.

"If you really care about kids and enjoy being around kids, foster care is a good way to give back to your community and to society, for that matter," Angie said. "You help these children through a tough time in their life, and you make that much difference for the rest of their life."

Foster care in the numbers: • On March 31, 2012, there were approximately 6,100 Iowa children in foster care • As of September 2012, Iowa had approximately 2,300 foster families. • As of August 2012, 765 Iowa children were legally eligible for adoption, meaning their parental rights had been terminated. • In 2012, there were 68 referrals of children into foster care in Wapello County • Currently, Wapello County only has 26 foster families • In 2012, there were 40 referrals of teenagers into foster care in Wapello County • Currently, Wapello County only has five foster families willing to accept teenagers -- Information courtesy of Iowa KidsNet To become a foster family: Call 1-800-243-0756 or fill out an inquiry form on Iowa KidsNet's website, www.iowakidsnet.com.

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