LIMESTONE COUNTY, Ala. - A growing county means more cases for the Department of Human Resources (DHR), which often means more children needing short-term placement.
"We're running about 125-140 children in foster care," said Limestone County DHR Director Tracy Miller. "At last count, we're right around 30-35 foster homes so the need is there locally."
An upward trend in foster children is seen statewide, with around 5,000 children of all ages in Alabama's foster system.
Miller says there is always an ongoing need for loving people willing to house the children for an average of six months to a year.
"Whatever reason we were called to be in that child's life, there was a safety issue so we need to work with those parents to alleviate that safety issue so that we can send those kids back home," explained Miller.
He says time and time again, foster parents describe the experience as a rewarding one. Foster parents are required to take a ten week class in order to get their license, and about twice a year the Limestone County DHR hosts the class.
The goal is to find local households to provide stability to keep Limestone County children within the county, and in reach of their families.
Contact the Limestone County DHR here.