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Thomas County needs more foster parents

January 25, 2007

Thomasville--  Paul Blaugh and his wife Kim have extensive background in foster parenting. Over the last 18 years, they've fostered nearly 80 children. 

 "Children come in with many different needs and problems but by far they give much more than they take away from you," said Blaugh.

Andre Marria, director of Thomas County DFACS, says they need more people like the Blaugh's to step up to the plate.  "Look there's a need here.  It depends on all of us, it does take a whole village to raise a child," said Marria.

And that's what today's luncheon was all about.  "We are wanting to have what we calla roundup of all of the community leaders to support and rally behind the effort," said Marria.

The majority of Thomas counties foster children had to be placed in homes in other parts of the state.  "We're passionate about it, join us in the effort so that we can bring our children home," Marria said.

The roundup has already recruited some prospective foster parents. Ralph and Melanie Comerford are going through the process right now, and hope to have one of these foster children in their home soon.  "Hopefully it won't be too long after all of the T's are crossed and I's are dotted as they say," said Melanie Comerford.  Her husband Ralph added, "if we're going to confront the problem, we've got to do it, we can only do it one at a time, that's all my good wife and I can offer."

Although the process to become certified is challenging, veterans and prospective foster parents alike say its worth it.

The director of DFCS says the greatest needs for foster parents are for teenagers, and multiple siblings. If you're interested in becoming a foster parent, contact the Department of Family and Children Services.



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