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Mon June 13, 2011
State tries prevention to deal with foster care
By Bob Beck
Cheyenne, WY – Because of the difficulty in finding enough foster families in Wyoming, brothers and sisters often cannot stay together and many have to stay in institutions until problems at home are worked out. Department of Family Services Foster Care Program Manager Dana Ward says while they are busy trying to recruit more foster families the department is also taking another approach prevention.
"Provide more preventive services in communities, working with communities so that foster care is not even needed. Identifying support systems in communities who can help parents."
Ward says that frequently they can resolve a problem that results in a child being removed from a home. She says the issue is a work in progress. In the meantime, Ward hopes they can find more foster families, especially in the communities of Gillette, Rock Springs, Rawlins, Casper and Douglas.