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Needed: Foster Parents in Rural Areas

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We’re used to media portrayals of the foster care system in urban areas. But rural areas need foster care, too, and it’s sometimes a challenge to get parents to participate.

To that end, the Nevada Department of Child and Family Services is holding a 3-day foster care workshop in Pahrump, to help rural Clark County and Nye County residents train to become foster care parents.

Lori Nichols, recruitment director in charge of rural Nevada for the Division of Child and Family Services Foster Care program, says that the biggest challenge to the foster care sytem is getting families of color to participate.

DCFS wants to see children to feel culturally at ease with their foster family. They also want the children to be able to be fostered where they are, rather than in Las Vegas or Reno.

The foster/adoptive parent training will be on Oct. 2, from noon – 8 p.m., and Oct. 3 and 4, from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. 

Training sessions will be held at Division of Child and Family Services’ Pahrump District Office, 1780 E. Basin Avenue, Suite 2, Pahrump, NV 89060.

For information on the training, call Lori Nichols at 888-423-2659.

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