ALBEMARLE COUNTY, Va. (WVIR) - A nonprofit foster care service in Albemarle County says it is experiencing a shortage of foster parents.

Just last month, DePaul Community Resources had to turn away nearly 30 children seeking foster families.

The foster family shortage is forcing dozens of children in need in the Charlottesville area to have to move into group homes each month.

DePaul Community Resources will hold an information session Wednesday, March 13, for those interested in learning about becoming foster parents.

Attendees will learn some of the basic qualifications:

  • You must be older than 21 and willing to work as part of the team.
  • You must also meet basic financial guidelines
  • You must have no barrier crimes in your history

Right now, the nonprofit has more than 230 kids in care in the city and county.

The dozens of children turned away due to the foster care shortage miss out on the comfort of having a place to call home.

"Our mission is about opening doors to hope and belonging,” said Chris Tompkins, DePaul Community Resources.

The nonprofit also wants those interested in becoming foster parents to know they wouldn't be in it alone.

Wednesday's information session is set to begin at 6 p.m. at DePaul Community Resources’ office on Carrington Place in Albemarle County.