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Foster parents wanted: Free dinner, discussion set for May 31 in Sebeka

Are you a resident of Wadena County and interested in becoming a licensed foster parent? Wadena County Human Services is hosting an informational event for prospective foster parents on Tuesday, May 31 at Hub 71 in Sebeka. The meal is free, but pre-registration by May 24 is required.

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A special gathering for prospective foster care parents is set for Tuesday, May 31 at Hub 73 in Sebeka, starting at 6 p.m. The event is free and open to all those age 21 and above who are interested in becoming foster parents. Pre-registration by May 24 is required, however.
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WADENA — Are you a resident of Wadena County and interested in becoming a licensed foster parent? Then Wadena County Human Services would like to talk to you — and there's even be a free meal involved.

A special informational gathering for prospective foster parents is set to take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in Sebeka's Hub 71 restaurant.

"We will have some licensed foster parents there," said Amelia Hutson, child foster care licensor with WCHS. "It will be like a panel — people can ask questions, hear some first-hand experiences."

Right now, Wadena County is experiencing a bit of a shortage. "We're needing more foster parents," said Hutson. "We try to keep (children placed in foster care) close to their parents, for reunification purposes. Relocating outside of the county makes that reunification more difficult."

Though there are licensed foster care families in Wadena County, she added, there is always a need for more, as there are limitations to how many children can be placed in a foster home at one time. "They can't take endless amounts of children," Hutson said. "Some can only take one, some can take two or three. Sometimes, when we do removal of children (from their home), we have nowhere in Wadena County to place them."

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Hutson said that her department is looking for up to five more licensed foster care homes at this time. Anyone who is interested can come to the May 31 event — but pre-registration is required. To sign up, contact Hutson at 218-632-8463 ; the last day to register is Tuesday, May 24.

A reporter at Detroit Lakes Newspapers since relocating to the community in October 2000, Vicki was promoted to Community News Lead for the Detroit Lakes Tribune and Perham Focus on Jan. 1, 2022. She has covered pretty much every "beat" that a reporter can be assigned, from county board and city council to entertainment, crime and even sports. Born and raised in Madelia, Minnesota, she is a graduate of Hamline University, from which she earned a bachelor's degree in English literature (writing concentration). You can reach her at vgerdes@dlnewspapers.com.
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