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Community Attention Foster Families Seeking Foster Parents

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Community Attention Foster Families in Charlottesville is looking for more people to become foster parents. Currently, more than 200 children in Charlottesville and Albemarle County are living in foster care.

The organization is looking for foster parents open to caring for teenagers and sibling groups. It matches families and children based on their needs. The organization's next training session is in July. The 27 hour training course prepares families who are interested in fostering. They learn how to discipline a child, help one who suffered from abuse or neglect and improve the child's overall quality of life.

"It's just hard to have a good number of foster families to meet the needs as they're coming in," said Julia Weissman, a family assessment specialist with the organization. "We like to do a good match for the family's needs and the child's needs based on location and what they are able to handle."

Peter and Kathy Doby just finishing fostering a child for 17 months. After their son went away to college they said their home felt empty. That's when their daughter, Blair, decided they should open it up to a child in need.

"You know I am the only kid left and we have a big house and I think we were going to put it on the market but it wouldn't sell so we decided why not just fill our house with people?, said Blair Doby. "I got lonely so you know it's nice having a foster sibling."

For more information on fostering click here.

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