Foster care needed for removed youth

May 11, 2007 12:00 am
Mounds of trash are common in homes where law enforcement finds adults using drugs. (Photo courtesy of Del Norte County Sheriff Office).
Mounds of trash are common in homes where law enforcement finds adults using drugs. (Photo courtesy of Del Norte County Sheriff Office).

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.

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

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.

"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)," she said. "They (foster parents) really are providing a community service...They really are benefitting the whole community when they take these kids home."

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