WARREN, Ohio (WKBN) – Trumbull County Children Services is asking people if they have what it takes to be a foster parent.
The group held a meet-and-greet for current and potential foster parents on Wednesday night. It needs more foster families after seeing a 40 percent increase in children taken into custody last year.
The Public Children Services Association of Ohio says more than 15,500 children are now in foster care. At one point, there were more than 200 in Trumbull County alone.
Many are there because of the opioid crisis. As those seeking treatment require more time to recover, their children are in greater need.
“I really think it’s a calling for some people. They see a need. They feel that these kids who are out there and need a temporary home. They want to be that family for them,” said Marilyn Pape, with Children Services.
The process of becoming a foster parent takes about six months of training.