Urgent need in Humboldt County for new foster families

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NORTH COAST - Humboldt County has an immediate need for short-term foster care homes and is looking to the community for support.

The Department of Health and Human Services says, all current licensed caregivers in the area are at capacity and new foster families are needed. Being able to offer your home for a week or even one day can make a difference. Day and overnight care is needed so the department can seek out relatives or people the child may know. Humboldt County does not currently have a foster care facility because Social Services say, it’s crucial to keep children in a family environment.

"Because it's believed and we value that children need to be placed in homes with families and the most natural family environment is the best for children. And in order to have natural care, we want children to be with families and not in a facility,” said Stephanie Weldon, Family Services Deputy Director.

If you would like to become a new foster parent, call DHHS Foster Care at 707-499-3410.