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State Representatives call for more foster care families

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) - Foster care is a necessity for families in crisis. Some kids enter foster care because of neglect, abuse, and maybe when they're the ones acting out. 117 kids are in foster care in La Crosse County. There are 70 licensed foster homes and local officials say that's not enough.

State Representatives Steve Doyle and Jill Billings recognized May as Foster Care Family month in a meeting Thursday. They thanked current foster care families, and encouraged people to become foster parents. Rep. Doyle said we need more foster parents for two main reasons, one is that kids in bigger families get separated when there isn't a home with enough room, and two is that kids from a certain community have to leave that area because no one in their community will foster them, which means they're out of their school, their friends the neighborhood that they're used to.

As a foster parent you provide a child with guidance, discipline, and safety. You care for the child until they can return to their biological families, move to a permanent adoptive home, or live independently. But the bond foster parents have with a child can be great.

Richard and Carol Treakle know about that bond first hand. They have been foster parents for the last 14 years. They have taken care of almost 200 children.

And while being a foster parent, like being a regular parent, isn't always a walk in the park. The Treakle's say the only thing they regret is not starting the program earlier.

If you have room in your life or your home for a child who needs your help, foster care might be the thing for you. For more information contact Rhonda Rude at the La Crosse County Human Services Department. E-mail her at  or call 608-789-4834.

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