The Importance Of Raising Children In Foster Care

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Buncombe County, N.C. – Currently, there are 10,000 children in foster care in North Carolina. There are around 300 children in foster care in Buncombe County alone. The number of children coming into care has remained mostly the same over the past 5 years, while the number of foster homes has declined. To help increase the number of people interested in fostering, child placing agencies from across the region are holding a recruitment event, United for Foster Care WNC, at Asheville Outlets on May 6th from 11am – 4pm.

The United for Foster Care WNC Event at Asheville Outlets will allow the community to learn more about the issues that are bringing kids into foster care and how foster children are being served in our area. This family-friendly, free event will include games, face painting, iHeart radio personalities- Josh Michael and Ariel Rymer, music by Star 104.3, and more. Agencies from across the region will be on site to answer questions about fostering and how you can become involved in the important work of helping children.
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In Buncombe County, there are 100 children who are placed out of the County due to a lack of foster homes or services available to them. Amy Huntsman, a Buncombe County Foster Care Supervisor says, “When children in foster care are be placed in a familiar setting, it can act as a stabilizing force for the child. Being moved from county to county due to a lack of foster home placements makes maintaining family, community, medical and school connections difficult to near impossible. We need help from the community to keep these kids connected to their

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