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Orange County seeking more foster parents

Posted April 16, 2014

— Orange County officials are recruiting more foster families as part of Child Abuse Awareness Month.

The Department of Social Services is inviting the public to a recruitment and orientation session April 24 in Hillsborough. Foster families are particularly needed in Chapel Hill, where the number of available foster homes has been dwindling.

“Children deserve a safe and loving home environment,” Orange County spokeswoman Carla Banks said in a statement. “Kids are worth it, to open our homes and our hearts.”

The orientation will take place from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Hillsborough Commons Social Services Center at 113 Mayo St.

Foster parent training classes are offered three times a year, and the next class is May 15. Orientation is required before attending the class. State-mandated training is required to become a licensed foster parent in North Carolina.

For more information, visit the Orange County DSS website. To RSVP for the orientation session, call DSS at 919-245-2710 or 919-245-2708.


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