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Thursday gathering aims at making more in Kalamazoo County aware of foster program


KALAMAZOO (WKZO) -- This week, there will be an event to promote the foster care program at the Kalamazoo Department of Human Services. The Chamber Care event is designed to spread the word about the county's foster parenting program, and make people realize who's eligible to be a foster parent, and how they can go about the process.

Barb Olsen, with the department of human services, says that there's a need for more foster volunteers in the area. In fact, she tells us that there are currently 620 children in Kalamazoo County in foster care, and often, they're siblings that have to be split up across multiple families. Also, there's a great need for more people willing to foster teenagers. Olsen says there's a misconception about them, as many people think a foster teen will be poorly behaved. She says that's simply not true. Additionally, Olsen says that many people don't realize they qualify to be foster parents, so she's hoping the event changes that.

Thursday's gathering at Career Quest College, next to the Salvation Army on Portage Road, will be from four to six PM. Everyone's welcome to attend.