MINOCQUA - As most parents know, love is the greatest thing you can give a child. The first ever Foster-Rama event focused on bringing love to children without parental guidence.
Saturday at the Waters of Minocqua was an opportunity to learn.
Kate Gardner is the Director of Social Services in the area. She said Foster-Rama's goal is to inject youth into an aging foster-parenting network.
"A lot of our foster care parents are in their 60's and may soon be out of the foster care business. So what we're trying to do is recruit some new families, and bring them into knowledge as to what they would need to do to become a foster parent."
Trisha Zimmerman is a foster parent in Lac De Flambeau. She became a foster-parent because she wants to give children a fighting chance.
"We see her with her mother. Her mom was addicted to drugs so she was too. So I think there needs to be more community help."
Anu Family Services was Foster-Rama's main sponsor.It's a placement program that serves 75 counties throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota.
If you've ever considered becoming a foster parent, visit Anu Family Services' website at www.anufs.org
RHINELANDER - Oneida County needs more foster care homes. Right now, there are nine licensed foster homes in the area, most of which are full according to the county's social services department.
Foster Care Coordinator Rachel Nelson says that in Oneida County there are 24 children currently living in foster homes. The department participated in a statewide foster care recruitment project last fall, and discovered just how great the need is.
RHINELANDER - A snow storm caught Hanson's Garden Village in Rhinelander off guard last weekend and collapsed a greenhouse. Now that spring weather is here, Hanson's is ready to move forward by making some adjustments.
"We got by for 25 years doing what we were doing," said Hanson's Garden Village Co-owner Brent Hanson.
Last weekend's spring snow storm set back Hanson's.
"We thought we were ahead of schedule having that greenhouse nice and filled," said Hanson's Manager Beth Hanson.
"One bad storm and there you go. Things happen," said Brent.
The storm collapsed a greenhouse holding thousands of plants.
"For years we've gotten by with these lighter cheaper green houses," said Brent.
"We'll be down a greenhouse for a little bit here," said Beth.
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