El Dorado County seeks foster parents
May is Foster Parent Appreciation Month, and El Dorado County is looking for more people to serve as foster parents.
It is an important time to thank all of the foster care families in El Dorado County,” Jayle Goucher, manager of the El Dorado County Foster Family Home Licensing Program, stated in a press release from the county. “Foster parents provide a vital role in the lives of children who have been displaced from their homes due to neglect or abuse. These parents open their hearts and homes to the children in our community. I truly believe it takes a very special person to be a foster parent.”
According to Goucher, there are 39 licensed foster family home in the county, and the agency is looking for more. Foster parents provide temporary homes for displaced children of all ages and are responsible for ensuring the child’s well-being. Foster parents make sure children are clothed, fed and attend school and other appointments. Families receive a reimbursement to help pay for the child’s care.
To be a licensed foster parent, parents must complete a health screening and criminal background check, maintain certification in CPR and first aid and complete a series of trainings. The county licenses families and individuals’ homes and provides training, meetings and support services to foster parents.
“Foster parenting is very hard work and not for everyone,” Goucher stated. “What we hear from foster parents is that they do this because they care about kids and want to give back to the community. They quietly do extraordinary work every day. We want to thank them for their dedication.”
For more information, visit http://www.edcgov.us/humanservices or call licensing worker Debra Brown at 530-642-7122.