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Can you help a child? Foster parents needed in Malheur County, state says

ONTARIO — The state Department of Human Services, Lifeways and Greater Oregon Behavioral Health will be hold an open house to help prospective foster parents and adoptive parents.

The informational session will be held Wednesday, Jan. 23, at the Four Rivers Cultural Center, starting at 5:30 p.m. and lasting until 7 p.m. Refreshments and child care will be provided.

There are 86 certified foster homes in Malheur County – 23 general applicants and 46 relatives as foster parents, according to the state. But the number of kids being placed in foster care outpaces that number.

“The need is great,” said Leah Mack, foster care certification supervisor at the Ontario office of the Department of Human Services. “We don’t have a specific number, but there’s a great need for families to foster as well as relatives.”

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