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Kudos & Kindness: Thanks for calling attention to foster care needs

We’ve appreciated the recent articles about foster families. Those who have been doing this service to children for years deserve a heartfelt thanks. Our town has many children who are either temporarily or permanently without parents.

We are a caring community. When we are made aware we all desire to help. Organizations such as the Boys & Girls Club, Tahoe Youth & Family Services, CASA, Tahoe Turning Point and many others offer the opportunity to volunteer or donate money. So do all the service clubs. They each fill specific needs of children and families.

However, the articles exposed a desperate need that we need to fill by those who are able.

When a child or children are taken from their home for protection or because their parents are unable to care for them they are most often unable to stay here in their own community or even with their brothers and sisters. The reason is that we have few if any homes here that take in children on a temporary or permanent basis. So they are taken to other counties and towns. Going to a new school in a new town while being not only separated from their parents but also from their siblings is a horrible situation that is not only eating up the scarce funding and staff time but is also traumatizing the children.

We are late comers to the opportunities available to become a foster family. We came to realize that we didn’t have to be perfect parents in perfect health or with wealth in order to help a child. And our other four young adult kids have enthusiastically endorsed our effort.

Our hope is that other families who have read the articles will look into becoming foster families. Of course there are challenges, but the joy of helping a child is so much greater. The numbers provided by the Tribune were Foster Family Services: 544-2111, Koinonia: 541-1870 and El Dorado County: 573-3201.

Duane and Tami Wallace

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