Missouri Children’s Division says the state needs more foster homes

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About 13,000 children are in foster care in Missouri, and the state Children’s Division says the need for more foster homes is growing.

Since 2009, the number of foster children in the state’s care has risen by three to five percent per year, says Tim Decker with the Division. He said fewer than 6,000 Missouri homes are providing care for foster children and that the most substantial struggle is finding foster homes for older youth.

The requirements to become a foster parent include a background check, home inspection, training, health screening, and financial assessment, among other things.

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