More Foster Parents Needed in Washoe County - KTVN Channel 2 - Reno Tahoe Sparks News, Weather, Video

More Foster Parents Needed in Washoe County

Posted: Updated:
More kids are being pulled out of their homes and placed in foster care. Right now there's not enough foster homes to place children in Washoe County. Kids Kottage is a shelter that houses abused and neglected children who have been taken away from their parents or guardians. Right now it is the only shelter in town and it is at maximum capacity. Now Washoe County is asking for your help to free up some space. "It's amazing. It's a bumpy road sometimes, but it's great," said foster parent Kim Stevens.

Kim Stevens has been fostering children for nearly 20 years. She's just one foster parent out of the hundreds in Washoe County who has as many kids as their home allows. Lately there's been an influx. "In just calls from the community, our phone calls into what what we call 'intake' have been up. Our investigations are up and our removals are up," said Social Services Supervisory Stacey Jones.

Right now there are 615 children in family foster care alone, and even more are placed in relative care and treatment foster care. Across town Lisa Rogers is also a foster parent, fostering 25 kids herself over the years. She says it's not always easy... but it's worth it. "You have to open your home up to kids and to help fostering relationships with parents and outside agencies," said Rogers. Lisa says she wants to encourage other parents to get involved and help.

The process of becoming a foster parent takes about 30 to 60 days to complete. Parents we talked with say it's an incredibly rewarding experience. "It's super rewarding. It's one of the best things you can do I think to help people in your community," said Rogers. "To see them go home but still be a part of their lives now 20 years later, and have them say 'oh my gosh you were the first person who cared about me,' it's amazing," said Stevens.

For more information on foster care services in Washoe County go to http://www.washoecounty.us/socsrv/socsrv_child_fostercare.html

Written by Chloe Beardsley
  • NewsMore>>

  • Nevada Soccer Loses at San Diego State

    Nevada Soccer Loses at San Diego State

    Saturday, September 23 2017 2:53 AM EDT2017-09-23 06:53:35 GMT

    The University of Nevada women’s soccer team (1-7-0, 0-1-0 MW) fell at Mountain West foe San Diego State (4-5-0, 1-0-0 MW) by a score of 3-0 on Friday night. 

    More >>

    The University of Nevada women’s soccer team (1-7-0, 0-1-0 MW) fell at Mountain West foe San Diego State (4-5-0, 1-0-0 MW) by a score of 3-0 on Friday night. 

    More >>
  • Veterans Receive Overdue Ceremony

    Veterans Receive Overdue Ceremony

    Saturday, September 23 2017 1:10 AM EDT2017-09-23 05:10:31 GMT

    The Northern Nevada Veteran's Coalition put on its 5th ceremony for unclaimed remains of veterans. 

    More >>

    The Northern Nevada Veteran's Coalition put on its 5th ceremony for unclaimed remains of veterans. 

    More >>
  • Douglas County Deputies Seek Person of Interest in Burglaries

    Douglas County Deputies Seek Person of Interest in Burglaries

    Saturday, September 23 2017 12:22 AM EDT2017-09-23 04:22:52 GMT

    The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the whereabouts of a person of interest in several burglaries in the Kingsbury area of Stateline.

    More >>

    The Douglas County Sheriff's Office is asking for the whereabouts of a person of interest in several burglaries in the Kingsbury area of Stateline.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 Sarkes Tarzian, Inc. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices.