County Continues Foster Family Trainings Amid Pandemic

Foster children often moved out of county due to shortage of resource families

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While many of the world economy’s basic functions have slowed or stopped during the Covid-19 pandemic, most of the world’s most basic needs have not.

One need that remains constant is for families to generously open their homes to foster children. Even in regular times, these resource families, the people who temporarily or permanently care for children without safe homes, are outnumbered by the number of foster children who require a place to stay in Marin County.

On average, Marin County has about 80 children in foster care. But, because of a lack of resource families, about 30 percent of Marin County’s foster children are paired with families outside of the county, according to a press release from the Marin County Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). 

In hopes of closing that gap, HHS’s Children and Family Services Division continues to host monthly training sessions for would-be resource families throughout the pandemic.

The trainings, which are usually held in person, will be streamed online due to the county’s health order. The next orientation will be held on Wednesday, May 13 from 7–8:30pm.

If you are interested in learning more about becoming a resource family, register for an orientation here.

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