Books for Youth

Kaleb looks through a book featuring Winnie-the-Pooh at Books for Youth at Haynes International. Foster children from the community were given backpacks stuffed with 25 books Tuesday, July 19, 2016.

The Villages of Indiana, the state's largest private therapeutic foster care provider, will host three free foster parent information sessions in Kokomo in early 2019.

The events will be held from 5 to 6 p.m. on Jan. 3, Feb. 7, and March 6, at 2739 Albright Road.

Call 765-455-8545 or 800-465-9144 for information or to register.

In Indiana, there are twice as many children who need a home in the foster care system than homes available.

"With 26,000 children currently in need, the demand for families is greater than ever," noted the organization in a media release.

"If you've ever thought of becoming a foster parent join us to learn more."

Meanwhile, a recent study published by the United Way of Howard County shows that nearly 3 percent of children in the county currently live in foster care or with another unrelated adult.

Notably, 321 children were in foster care in Howard County in 2017, according to the study. Of that total, 118 children were ages birth to 4.

A local child welfare services provider - the name of the provider was not reported in the study - estimated that roughly 70 percent of the county's foster care cases involve parental substance abuse.

 

George Myers can be reached at 765-454-8585, by email at george.myers@kokomotribune.com or on Twitter @gmyerskt.

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