Officials in one eastern Kentucky county say there are not enough foster parents.
Right now in Harlan County, social service officials say there are simply not enough foster parents to take care of the nearly 100 children in foster care.
“So we have a dire need for more foster homes in Harlan County,” Terry Nelson, Social Service Clinician said.
Officials say many children are taken from their parents thanks to the growing drug epidemic.
When it comes to finding a better home, officials have to place nearly two thirds of Harlan County foster kids into homes outside the county.
“They were being pulled up, taken away from their friends, taken out of their communities, taken away from their churches, their support system, taken off our athletic teams. We didn't know where these kids were being moved out to,” Brent Roark said.
Harlan County school officials soon realized they were having to move elsewhere, so they are encouraging more people to become foster parents.
“We're just trying to raise some awareness of the tremendous need that's out there for foster parents in the county,” Roark said.
“We're looking for a family who care about kids, who have a heart for children,” Nelson said.
They are looking for people that can give kids a better upbringing, closer to home.
There was an information session for potential foster parents in Harlan Tuesday afternoon.
For information on how to become a foster parent in Harlan County, you can call (606) 573-4620, or (606) 573-4330, ext. 2046 or ext. 2022.