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Lenoir County facing a foster home shortage, asking for public's help

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KINSTON, N.C. - Lenoir County is facing a shortage of foster care homes.

In May, the Department of Social Services says they saw a 35% increase in children entering into the foster care system. Unfortunately, there are only five licensed foster care homes available in the county.

Lenoir County Director of Social Services, Susan Moore, says because of the foster home shortage, a majority of children are placed outside the county.

“It's just very difficult for them. It's an extra trauma that doesn't necessarily have to happen. If we can keep children in Lenoir County, with foster parents here, we can keep kids in their school, they can keep those extended connections, and make it less traumatic,” said Moore.

Earlier this month, Moore gave a presentation to the Board of Commissioners to make sure they are aware of the county’s current foster care situation.

Vice Chairperson of the Board of Commissioners, Jackie Brown, says the county needs the support of residents to help these children.

“I just wish people here would know the magnitude of what's going on with children [so we can] try and keep them here and let them grow up here," said Brown.

Lenoir County isn’t the only county seeing an increase in children being taken into foster care custody. Craven and Beaufort Counties say in May they had an unusual amount of children needing placement.

To become a license foster home you must complete a licensing course with your local social services department.

For more information about foster care click here.
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