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Letter to the editor

To the editor:

Stevens County needs You.

In May of 2017, the Minnesota Department of Human Services (MN DHS) reported that the number of children in Minnesota's foster care system (on an average day) increased by 51 percent - from approximately 6,200 in 2013, to almost 9,400 in 2016. Nearly all of those children - approximately 90 percent - are in family foster care. Because of this increase, Minnesota's county and tribal agencies have a shortage of family foster homes and urgently need additional families to be licensed to care for neglected or abused children; Stevens County is no exception - we need you!

You can provide critical care and nurturing to children in crisis. Whether you are married, or single, with or without children, a renter or homeowner, as a licensed foster care provider, your role is to help nurture and provide

stability to children who have experienced the trauma of neglect and/or abuse.

Do it now!

The MN DHS steps to becoming a foster parent, you can start the process on your own by following the steps outlined on the website, or, contact Stevens County Human Services at (320) 208-6600 to talk

to a licensor about becoming a child family foster parent. Our children will thank you.

Ann Streed on behalf of Stevens County Human Services