Clermont County Children’s Protective Services (CPS) currently has 332 children in custody, and there is always a need for foster homes within the county to care for these children as they wait to be adopted or reunited with their families. Clermont CPS has partnered with SonRise Church to try and find more local foster and adoptive homes in our community; SonRise Church will be hosting foster parent classes for CPS beginning Saturday, September 8, 2012. The classes will be held every Saturday between September 8 and December 1, 2012 from 9 a.m. – noon; CPS staff will be teaching the classes.
“Right now, we have about 50 children placed in foster homes that are more than 50 miles away from their familiar community,” said CPS Deputy Director Tim Dick. “These children have already been through difficult situations, and it’s even harder for them to be taken from their school, friends, and familiar surroundings. Anyone in Clermont County, or the Greater Cincinnati area, is welcome to attend these free classes to learn what foster parenting and adoption is all about.”
Each year, more than 50 children are adopted in Clermont County, usually by their foster parents. “It’s wonderful so many children get adopted by their foster families, however, that means we lose foster homes each year as well. There is constantly a need for more foster families in Clermont County,” said Dick.
SonRise Church is located at 8136 Wooster Pike, Cincinnati. The church will be providing refreshments and day care for those who wish to attend the free classes. Registration is required; visit the website www.sonrise-church.com, click on Events, Foster Care Training, and fill out the registration form. For more information about the classes or becoming a foster parent, call 732-7765.