May is Foster Care Month and DHS is highlighting need for families to help children in crisis

May is Foster Care Month and the Department of Human Services is highlighting those foster families that provide care and stability to children in crisis.

As many as 80 percent of children in foster care have significant mental health issues, compared to about 20 percent of the general population.

In 2022, 11,235 children and young adults experienced out-of-home care.

Sixty-two percent of children in foster care are placed with relatives, but many county and tribal agencies still need more foster parents, particularly those who can help meet children’s mental health needs.

Foster parents may be licensed by their county, tribe or a private placement agency.

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