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COLUMN: Local children heading to foster care need help

By Les Zaitz

The Enterprise

The plea for help five days before Christmas couldn’t be ignored.

Two Ontario girls removed from their homes needed foster care – parents willing to take needy children into their home. The sisters, 13 and 8, wanted to be in a home with trees and presents on Christmas.

The email alerting us to their circumstance came from Christine Phillips, child welfare program manager in the Ontario district office of the state Department of Human Services.

“These girls do not have a foster placement and they do not know where they will be for Christmas,” Phillips . . .