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More Foster Parents Needed

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Youth case manager Katie Gerten says in the past six months, she's turned away 20 kids looking for a foster home because there just aren't enough to go around.

These kids end up going to group homes, shelters, or having to try their luck in another county.

Gerten says there's a big need for more people to become foster parents.

For all of Montana, Gerten says about 3,000 new kids enter the foster system each year.

"Kalispell particularly has some low numbers, but this is a problem that plagues the entire state of Montana," said Gerten, "There's just not enough foster parents."

Becoming a foster parent takes a background check, some training, and a home study.

There's also a reimbursement for foster parents, up to $870 dollars per month.

You can call Youth Dynamics for more information at 406.751.8017.

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