Foster care informational meeting on Oct. 14 in Eagle River
October 11, 2019
Vilas County Social Services will be hosting an informational meeting from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on Oct. 14 at the Walter E. Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River for those interested in becoming foster parents. Adults, 21 years and older, single or married, owning or renting a home, and do or do not have children of your own, are welcome to attend. Speakers include two Vilas County licensed foster parents and a social worker from Vilas County Social Services.
In light of the recent opioid epidemic in Wisconsin more children need foster care. Opioid prescription rates and opioid-related hospitalizations are correlated to the number of kids in out-of-home care. The increase in opioid usage has led to an increase in the number of children in foster care. The Wisconsin Department of Children and Families (DCF) estimates “more than 80% of open cases are either driven by, or complicated by, drug and alcohol abuse.” In Wisconsin there has been a 20% increase in the number of children in foster care between 2012 and 2016, double the national average.
Vilas County currently has 12 licensed foster homes and 61 children in out of home care. When children are placed in local foster homes, it is easier for their parents to see them and be a part of their lives, which in turn increases reunification. Local children need local foster homes.
For more information call Kelly at Vilas County Social Services at 715-479-3668.