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NEWS: Iqaluit August 29, 2012 - 7:19 am

Aug. 30 meeting in Iqaluit targets potential foster parents

"We have a high need"

SAMANTHA DAWSON

If you live in Iqaluit and are interested in becoming a foster parent, or know someone else who would be, you’re invited to attend the foster parent information night Aug. 30 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Grinnell Place in Iqaluit.

There will be social workers and current foster parents who will be able to tell you what foster parenting is like.

The event, put on by the Government of Nunavut’s Department of Health and Social Services, wants to tell people more about the challenges and benefits of the job.

“We have a high need. We’ve always had a high need for foster parents,” case aid worker Layne Kelly said.

There are many reasons why a child might need a foster home, such as a parent becoming ill, wanting to go for treatment, or otherwise, she said.

“I think it’s the social reasons as well,” Kelly said.

These can include physical or emotional abuse, which mean kids come into foster care in some cases.

The social workers and foster parents will be open to answering questions during the session, which will focus on foster parenting in Iqaluit.

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