There’s such a critical shortage of foster care homes in Kenosha County right now that officials are willing to fight for attention against all that’s going on with the holidays. County Executive Jim Kreuser said the list of available foster care providers is down dramatically at this point, while noting the vast majority will handle kids ages six and under.
“A year ago we had 49 homes available. Today we have 29,” said Kreuser, adding some providers go onto adopt children. Kreuser said their goal is to get 20 to 25 more people to apply.
David Houghton, Director of Community Impact Programs, said the need for additional foster homes got magnified with the placement of 33 children in just the last six weeks.
AUDIO: Houghton on critical situation (:18)
Diane Leefers, President of the Kenosha County Foster Care Association, said they try to provide a broad network of support.
The last time available foster care got this critical in Kenosha County was back in the late 80’s.