– Tulare County Foster Care Licensing will hold an orientation for prospective foster parents at 6:30 p.m. on March 6 and again March 20 at its 26500 S. Mooney Blvd. office.
Foster care is a program that provides shelter to children who have been removed from their homes because of abuse, neglect or abandonment, or because their parents are ill or incarcerated. The shelter may be emergency, short-term care or longer term. There are nearly 1,000 children in the County’s foster care program, and there are not enough foster care homes. Of particular need are foster parents prepared to take in siblings or teenagers, and parents willing to respond to emergency placement needs.
People who are interested in becoming foster parents will need to attend an orientation meeting, and meet requirements such as being at least 18 years old, being financially able to support their own family, having no criminal record and a clear health screening and being certified in CPR and first aid.
To schedule a personal orientation, or for other information, call (559) 623-0581.