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Public session in Ontario to tell about foster parent need, how to volunteer

Foster parent and Vale resident Janeille Bennett reads to a child in foster care. A public session at Four Rivers Cultural Center April 12 will offer information for those interested in becoming a local foster parent. (The Enterprise/Les Zaitz).

ONTARIO – With foster children being housed in motels due to a lack of foster parents, the state Department of Human Services and Lifeways Behavioral Health have taken the unusual step of holding an open house to introduce interested persons to the world of foster parenting.

The informational session will be held Thursday, April 12, at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, starting at 5:30 p.m. and lasting two hours.

Current foster parents will be on hand to speak of their experiences and answer questions in this first-ever event.

“The need for foster parents . . .