The Missouri Department of Social Services would like to encourage members of the community to consider becoming a resource family. Regional workers with the Children’s Division are working through the #FosterMOkids program to help develop resource homes for children in need of a stable, loving home.

To become resource parents, people need to be at least 21 years of age; and complete background screenings, including fingerprinting, child abuse/neglect checks, criminal record checks and screenings through the Missouri State Highway Patrol sex offender registry. Prospective resource parents will need to be in good physical and mental health; have a stable home; attend training classes; and participate in a home assessment. The agency will ask that resource parents partner with the agency as members of a professional team that is working in the child’s best interest to be reunified with family when it’s safe to do so.

For more information, contact Elizabeth Strunk, southwest regional resource supervisor, at (417) 307-6204 or Elizabeth.A.Strunk@dss.mo.gov, or Renae Wehmeier, southwest regional resource supervisor, at (417) 895-7854 or Shauna.R.Wehmeier@dss.mo.gov.

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