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Washoe County Social Services highlights online adoptions, thanks foster families



To help increase the visibility of children looking for adoptive families, Washoe County recently began highlighting children available for adoption on the front page of its site, as well as streamlining the listing of available children on the Social Services webpage.

The featured section of the front page, titled “Looking for Forever Families,” displays one of the children or sibling groups currently available for adoption in Washoe County.

Interested individuals can click on the featured photo for more information on the child or group, as well as a link to get started on the path to adoption.

There are over 70 children at some stage in the adoption process in Washoe County. After certain legal and situational conditions are met, they are listed on the site as available for adoption. There are currently 19 children or sibling groups listed on the County’s site who are looking for “Forever Families.”

The adoption process in Washoe County consists of training, background checks, and in-depth home study. After completing the requirements, families are able to either adopt or become foster parents.

For information about children available for adoption, or to start the process of becoming a foster or adoptive family, you can visit the Washoe County website at www.washoecounty.us or Social Services at www.haveaheartnv.org

Foster Care Appreciation Day

On May 16th, Washoe County Social Services held its annual Foster Care Appreciation Picnic at Idlewild Park to thank foster and adoptive parents for their dedication to children in the County.

Over 200 people attended the event, which included a bounce house, art projects, face painting, music, and food.

The County honored longtime foster parents with service awards for 5, 10, 15, and 20 years of service in the foster care program.

Model Dairy donated ice cream for the event, the Boys and Girls Club of Truckee Meadows donated the bounce house, and the Reno Rodeo Foundation held roping activities for families.

“Foster Parents are some of the most critical pieces to serving children and families in need,” remarked Kevin Schiller, Director of Social Services. “They take children into their homes and love them as if they were their own and provide assistance to parents as they reunify safely. Without their partnership and that of other community providers, the Department could not provide safe homes for children who are the victims of abuse and neglect.”

There are currently 353 foster homes in Washoe County, but the County is always in need of more foster families to better match children with families that can meet their individual needs.

To find out more about the foster care program, including becoming a foster parent, visit the Social Services webpage at www.haveaheartnv.org

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