COUNTY AND A GRADING PROJECT ON
SUMAC ROAD.
>>DENNIS: NORTH HOMES CHILDREN
AND FAMILY SERVICES HOSTED AN
OPEN HOUSE TODAY IN HONOR OF
FIND FOSTER FAMILIES DAY FOR THE
STATE OF MINNESOTA.
THE OPEN HOUSE PROVIDED
INFORMATION ABOUT FOSTER AND
ADOPTIVE PARENTING.
DESTINY WIGGINS TELLS US MORE.
>>SINCE 1998, NORTH HOMES HAS
SUCCESSFULLY PROVIDED ADOPTION
SERVICES FOR CHILDREN FROM BIRTH
TO AGE 17 UNDER STATE OR TRIBAL
GUARDIANSHIP.
>>NORTH HOMES HAS A FULL
CONTINUUM OF CARE FOR CHILDREN
AND FAMILIES, AND THAT’S WHAT WE
STRIVE FOR.
WE WANT TO MAKE SURE THAT KIDS
HAVE HOMES, SAFE HOMES, LOVING
HOMES.
AND IN ORDER TO DO THAT, WE FEEL
WE REALLY NEED TO SUPPORT OUR
FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS,
BECAUSE WITHOUT THEM, WHERE
WOULD WE HAVE THESE CHILDREN GO.
>>NORTH HOMES CHILDREN AND
FAMILY SERVICES IS LICENSED BY
THE MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF
HUMAN SERVICES AS A RESOURCE FOR
FOSTER CARE.
THE SERVICE PROVIDES CHILDREN
THE APPROPRIATE SETTINGS TO
ADDRESS ALL THEIR NEEDS.
>>ACROSS OUR AGENCY, NORTH
HOMES HAS FOSTER CARE AND
ADOPTION.
WE HAVE 150 HOMES.
WE HAVE 138 KIDS IN CARE RIGHT
NOW.
AND THEY’RE LOCATED ANYWHERE
FROM THE CITIES ALL THE WAY UP
NORTH.
>>AS A PUBLIC PRIVATE ADOPTION
INITIATIVE AGENCY, NORTH HOMES
FOCUSES ON THE PLACEMENT OF
CHILDREN 12 AND OLDER.
AS OF RIGHT NOW, 820 CHILDREN
ARE IN NEED OF AN ADOPTIVE HOME.
THAT’S 820 INNOCENT LIVES THAT
NEED TO BE CARED FOR, LOVED AND
PROTECTED.
>>BRENDA HENSLEY WAS AWARDED
THE FOSTER CARE PROVIDER OF THE
YEAR FOR THE STATE OF MINNESOTA.
SHE STARTED HER JOURNEY AS A
FOSTER PARENT BECAUSE SHE DIDN’T
HAVE CHILDREN, AND BEING A
FOSTER PARENT IS ONE OF THE WAYS
SHE COULD GIVE BACK.
>>MY CASEWORKER ACTUALLY
NOMINATED ME, AND I DIDN’T KNOW
NOTHING OF IT UNTIL SHE TOLD ME
IN THE OFFICE LAST WEEK.
RATHER SURPRISED.
WHY ME?
WHEN THERE’S SO MANY MORE.
>>HENSLEY HAS HOUSED OVER 50
YOUTH IN THE LAST 13 YEARS.
SHE DOES HER BEST TO STAY IN
CONTACT WITH HER YOUTH BY
BUILDING A CONNECTION WITH THEM
EVEN AFTER THEY LEAVE HER CARE.
>>WE TAKE A LOT OF PICTURES,
AND THEN I ALWAYS SEND A MEMORY
BOOK WITH THEM AND A BLANKET,
AND THEN I TRY TO STAY IN
CONTACT.
>>TODAY’S OPEN HOUSE ALLOWED
THE COMMUNITY TO COME IN AND ASK
QUESTIONS THEY MIGHT HAVE ABOUT
THE FOSTER OR ADOPTION PROCESS.
NORTH HOMES FOCUSES ON MAKING
SURE YOU HAVE ALL THE RESOURCES
AND ANSWERS YOU’LL NEED IN ORDER
TO HELP A FOSTER CHILD.
REPORTING FROM BEMIDJI, DESTINY
WIGGINS, LAKELAND NEWS.
>>DENNIS: NORTH HOMES ALSO
HOSTS SUPPORT GROUPS THAT ALLOW
FOSTER AND ADOPTIVE PARENTS TO
COME AND DISCUSS THE UPS AND
DOWNS OF WHAT BEING A FOSTER
PARENT ENTAILS.

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