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Foster Parents WantedSubmitted: 01/26/2013

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


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Story By: Ryan Abney

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