Desperate need for foster homes
by Hawkins Teague
Jan 22, 2008 | 0 0 comments | 3 3 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Trigg County is currently in desperate need of foster homes for children with special needs, Foster Care Specialist Belinda Campbell told The Cadiz Record last week. Anyone interested can attend an informational meeting at the John L. Street Library at noon on Jan. 24, where PACS-RSVP will provide lunch.

Campbell works with the Pennyroyal Center Therapeutic Foster Care Program, which has offices nearby in Hopkinsville and Princeton. She explained that children in therapeutic foster care can have special needs of many varieties. Examples include mental health issues, a child that wets the bed or a family with four children or more. Adults who take in regular foster care children require 40 hours of training, plus CPR training, but foster parents working with her agency require an additional 10 hours of training, she said.

PCTFCP covers Trigg, Caldwell, Hopkins, Lyon, Muhlenberg, Christian, Crittenden and Todd counties. Campbell said the agency currently has 14 homes, but none in Trigg, Lyon or Todd counties, even though there are three of four Trigg County children currently under its care. This is unfortunate, she said, because the agency always tries to keep children in their home counties if possible because there is less adjustment for the children to make and they continue to attend the regular school and see their friends and families easier. For example, Campbell mentioned one girl who was a homecoming queen candidate who managed to stay at her high school during the time she was in foster care. Others have wanted to stay near home because they were near graduation.

Read more about the need for foster care in the January 22 Cadiz Record.
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