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Though the Endangered Children Protocol removes children from hazardous environments, it still has its drawback.

In particular, the increase in seized children has created a shortage in foster-home care.

andquot;We get these kids and if we don't have any of the places to put them, they program stalls out,andquot; Deputy Coroner Mike Henderson said. andquot;We do need help from the community.andquot;

Crystal Markytan, child welfare supervisor for the Department of Health and Human Services, said she is looking for people who are willing to help these children find good homes.

andquot;We need to recruit foster homes because of the Drug Endangered Children program, because we've done more placement since the inception of Drug Endangered Children (program),andquot; she said. andquot;They (foster parents) really are providing a community service...They really are benefitting the whole community when they take these kids home.andquot;

To become a foster parent, contact Amber Davis, the Department of Health and Human Services' foster care licensing worker, at 707-464-3191 extension 274.v

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