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Considering becoming a foster parent?

An average of 700 children are in out-of-home placements on any given day in St. Louis County. There is a constant need for temporary foster homes as well as short-term/emergency homes and foster/adopt homes.

St. Louis County social workers will host an open house and information session for people considering serving as foster parents 5-6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 17 in the Government Services Center, 320 W. Second St.

Foster home licensors will be available to meet one-on-one with people to answer questions about foster care options and the requirements. There will be no formal presentation, so people can stay for whatever length of time fits their schedule.

The number of children in out-of-home placements has risen dramatically in recent years. Meanwhile, the complexity of their situations, often due to parents' drug addictions and/or mental illness, has resulted in children having to remain in foster care for longer periods before they can be safely reunited with their families.

Anyone over the age of 21 can serve as a foster parent. Marital status, income level, culture or religion does not matter. For information visit or call (218) 726-2168.