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Oneida County in need of more foster homesSubmitted: 04/23/2018
Dakota Sherek
Dakota Sherek
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Oneida County in need of more foster homes
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. 


"We did find out that based on the kids that we do have in care, in order to maintain that, we needed 14 new foster homes. So we are desperately trying to recruit them," said Nelson. 

In order to become a foster parent, you must be at least 21 years old and pass a criminal background check and home study process.

"I think people who really want to help kids and really want to help the community, I think it's a good way to give back," said Nelson.

Nelson says if someone is unsure whether they'd like to become a foster parent they should contact the department with any questions.

Contact the department by calling 715-362-5695 or stop by the office located at the Oneida County Courthouse.



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