NILES, Ohio - Nearly 8,000 kids in Ohio were living in foster care last year and a local agency says it is always looking for more people to open up their homes to these children, many of whom have been abused.
Homes for Kids works with the state to match local kids in the foster care system with qualified families.
Thursday evening the nonprofit hosted a question and answer session for prospective foster parents.
It comes at a time over the holidays when many adults and children are thinking about family.
"If they're not with their families, they miss them, they want to be with them. So I think sometimes it is harder around the holidays and so we try to give them that caring, supportive family atmosphere to help them get through those hard times," said Karen Hinely, a recruiter/trainer with Homes For Kids.
The agency says foster parents need to be 21-years-old, have a strong support system to enable them to handle stress and crisis situations, and be a resident of Ohio.
For more information contact Hinely at firstname.lastname@example.org or call her at 330-544-8005 ext. 413.