Steamboat Pilot & Today: Routt County needs more foster families
Author: The Steamboat Today Editorial Board - May 25, 2018 - Updated: May 25, 2018
Living in a mountain resort community like Steamboat Springs, we can sometimes fall into the trap of thinking life here is all powder days and bike rides up Emerald Mountain, when in reality, our community suffers from many of the same ills that affect towns all across the country. And one of those issues — the need for foster care families — has come to light this past week.
During the month of May — National Foster Care Month — officials with the Routt County Department of Human Services are encouraging area residents to consider becoming foster parents. In a May 14 article in the Steamboat Pilot & Today, Lauren Rising, the county’s foster care coordinator, said there are currently four active foster families in Routt County with two on the way to becoming certified, and there is a need for more.
Statewide, Colorado has more than 2,000 foster families, and an analysis conducted by the Colorado Department of Human Services determined the state will need an additional 1,200 foster families in the next two years.