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Boys and Girls Homes seek foster parents

By Dennis Hill
Published in News on August 1, 2010 1:50 AM

Boys and Girls Homes of NC, Inc., a non-profit organization, works everyday to promote awareness of the devastating effects of child abuse and neglect in southeastern North Carolina.

The group needs foster and/or adoptive parents that are dedicated to assuring that our foster and/or adoptive children get the love, support, and commitment they need to grow into healthy, successful adults.

Requirements to become a foster and/or adoptive parent with Boys & Girls Homes of NC, Inc. are:

* Attendees must be over the age of 21

* Pass a criminal history check and federal background check

* Complete training of 36 hours with Boys & Girls Homes of NC, Inc.

* Complete physicals and TB tests

* Pass a fire inspection of their residence.

They must also have adequate living space, demonstrate adequate income to meet the needs of their own family, have their own transportation, and the ability to work as a team.

In addition, they must have a high school diploma or GED. Most importantly though, beyond basic requirements, a successful foster/adoptive parent needs to have determination, patience, humor, and love for children, regardless of their background.

Boys & Girls Homes of NC will be holding training session at Scotts Hill Baptist Church at 185 Scotts Hill Loop Road in Wilmington,.

An open house will be held Sept. 9, from 6-8 pm. Classes will begin Sept. 13, 6-9 pm and will be held every Monday and Thursday.

If you would like a training to be available in your area or if you would like more information, contact LeAnne Fowler at (910) 646-3083, ext. 217 or Anna Scharff, ext. 276.