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May is National Foster Care Month

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DePaul Community Resources is looking for caring families to help with children and teens who are the survivors of abuse and neglect.

Foster parents can be single individuals or married couples, with or without children. They may own or rent their home.

 Foster parents provide children with guidance, supervision, discipline, safety and structure.

 They also work with DePaul's staff to address the needs of the child or teen until they can return to their birth families, move to adoptive homes or live independently.

 A home study is completed on each family who desires to become a foster family. This process includes a national fingerprint background check and a Child Protective Service History check to make sure that the prospective foster parents have no criminal record or a history of child abuse.

 A DePaul Community Resources' social worker will also talk with each member of the family to assess and discuss foster care.