Community Crisis leaves Social Services asking People to Step up

The need for foster care parents has hit a point of crisis in the state of North Dakota, and even more so in Burleigh County.

George and Kelly Crawley became foster parents just six months ago.

George Crawley; Senior Pastor at First Love Church: “I just think God has given us the resources and really blessed our family and this is just our way of being obedient and giving back.”

Many times, when a child needs to be placed in foster care, it’s in the middle of the night.

Kim Osadchuk; Social Services Director: “We hope that, we hope and pray that a foster family will answer the phone so we can find a safe place for these children to go.”

And if no one answers, social services workers are left with one option.

Kim Osadchuk; Social Services Director: “And so the worker will end up staying in the office with the foster children overnight while we try and locate a family for them to go.”

In North Dakota there’s over 1400 children in foster care and only 800 foster homes. Here in Burleigh county there’s 114 foster children right now and just 50 foster homes.

Both say with the great need in the county, it was as simple as giving a child in need a home

Kelly Crawley; Foster mom: “There are days that are hard and sad. But to take care of him is not hard. To provide shelter, and love, and food, and structure and stability is not hard to do.”

The family says their only regret, is not fostering sooner.

George Crawley; Senior Pastor at First Love Church: If you have a loving heart and a home that you can accomodate a kid, I think it’s important that you do that. Save a child.”

The two foster parents you just saw are currently in the adoption process for their youngest foster child, an 11 month old girl.

To get a foster care license, you need to reach out to your county’s foster home licenser.
You have to be at least 21, married or single, financially stable, and have an extra room in your house to qualify. You’d have to pass a background check and supply 3 references for social services.
An employee would then do a home study interview with the applicant. The typical process takes about 2 to 3 months. 
 
To be directed to the county social services page, click here and once redirected, click on your county.
 

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