Spokane Foster Homes In Crisis Situation - Spokane, North Idaho News & Weather KHQ.com

Spokane Foster Homes In Crisis Situation

SPOKANE, Wash. - A program of Lutheran Community Services Northwest announced they are in desperate need of homes for children who have been misplaced from their families.

Linda Rogers, Regional Foster Parent Recruiter Coordinator shared, "we need homes that can care for newborn babies, keep sibling groups together and teens."

In the last three months alone 253 children have been placed in foster homes in Spokane County, which is a dramatic increase over previous years. Rogers said, "they recently had to call nine homes before finding a home for a newborn baby."

KHQ talked to foster parent Stacey Graffia who's been giving loving care to kids for two years and is currently taking care of a newborn. She encouraged other parents to offer care, saying, "just seeing what you can give to these kids and how much just a little bit of love changes them, and to know that they love you back and what you're doing makes a difference."

If school aged children are unable to be placed in homes in their neighborhoods, they may need to change schools, which will uproot the child again from their familiar surroundings. They may need to split sibling groups from one another if new homes are not available.

For more information about Families For Kids or if you are interested in making a difference for the children in our community, please go to www.fpas.org or call 1.888.KIDS.414

Or contact Linda Rogers, Regional Foster Parent Recruitment Coordinator at (509) 389-7192 or email her at rogersfam7@comcast.net

This web story was filed by KHQ Local News Reporter Chelsea Kopta

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