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Overcoming some hurdles for fostering a child

MEDFORD, Ore.-- Any family that wants to foster a child has to go through a home study.

It is a lengthy process that goes deep into your background.

"The reality is we need to know where people have been because that tells us a story about where they're going," DHS worker Alicia O'Quinn said. "It doesn't mean that we're judging them."

Some of the questions include drug and alcohol use, parenting styles and intimacy. According to DHS, it does not need to know the details of the sexual relationship, instead, whether they believe foster parents are compatible.

In addition, the case workers walk through the home and look at everything.

"The focus is looking at safety all around," O'Quinn said.

Case workers said the home study can really dictate whether fostering is the right fit for your family. Occasionally, they do have to say no to people who want to foster, based on the home study.

DHS said right now, there are more general applicant foster families DHS has ever had in history, but the challenge is there are more kids in case than the agency has ever had.

DHS said there is still a huge need for foster families.


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