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Kyla Grogan, Reporter

Valley Foster Mom Shares Her Insights, Joys

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Leanne Nutig said, "We've had this little guy less than 24 hours and he is just awesome." Leanne Nutig said, "We've had this little guy less than 24 hours and he is just awesome."

There are about 900 licensed foster homes in Clark County and more than 2,000 kids who need a place to live. That's why the Department of Family Services is putting out the call: foster families needed.

Eyewitness News sat down with one foster mom to get some insight into what it takes to bring a child in need into your home. To protect the child's privacy, we are not showing his face or using his name.

Leann Nutig has opened her home and heart to a 2-year-old boy from Child Haven becoming a foster parent and providing some stability to a child in need.

"We've had this little guy less than 24 hours and he is just awesome," she said. "He just needed a home and somebody to love him."

Leanne has three children of her own and she and her husband have lots of love to give, but even so, they wondered if they could really take a foster child on and do the job well.

"You get second and third thoughts. We were like, can we do this? It's one thing to raise your own kids but the stipulations and all the rules and regulations that go with bringing a foster kid up, we had our moments. And then we were thinking, we can do this," Leanne explained.

And they hope other families will do it, will help one child at a time learn the meaning of family and the meaning of home.

Leanne continued, "It's all about being committed and following through. Once you're there and you're involved and once you have a little guy or girl in your home, you know right there and then it's all worth it. They are definitely worth it."

To become a foster parent you have to attend about 30 hours of classes, have your home inspected and be willing to submit to a security screening.

Foster care is a temporary arrangement. Most children will be returned to their biological parents once the parent is able to properly care for them.

Send feedback to reporter Kyla Grogan at kgrogan@klastv.com

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