There's more help in sight for abused and neglected children in need of foster parents.
Clark County's Family Services officials are calling last weekend's two-day foster parent recruitment fair a big success. But they say there is still a big need for loving, caring foster parents.
County child protection authorities tell Eyewitness News that there are more than twice as many children abused and abandoned children being housed at Child Haven than children living in foster homes.
That is why having recruitment events to encourage those interested in becoming foster parents, they say, is so important.
More than 600 people showed up at the two-day fair that was held at Stations Casinos' Palace Station. Out of that number, 190 candidates are going through the instruction and qualification process.
Larry Horne, with the Department of Family Services, says the idea of the recruitment fair was to get the word out, but their efforts must still continue to meet the demands of the growing number of children who need foster parents.
He said, "It's very critical. Our community has grown so fast and so have the number of children. Our foster parent numbers haven't kept up, so it's very critical that we find homes right now."
Foster parent candidates must meet strict criteria, including 27 hours of training, the passage of a criminal background check, they must be over 21, and their homes must pass a safety inspection.
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