SALT LAKE CITY, Utah (ABC4 Utah) – Utah Foster Care is inviting the LGBTQ community to learn more about foster parenting and adoption at a special event in Salt Lake City.
A same-sex married couple will share their experiences in becoming foster parents at the Ask a Foster Parent Night. The event is Wednesday, October 25 at 6 p.m. at the Marmalade Branch Library, 280 West 500 North. It is free and open to the public.
In Utah, more than 2,900 children are in foster care at any given time.
“We need a diverse pool of foster families to best meet the needs of children in foster care,” says Mike Hamblin, Director of Foster Family Recruitment for UFC.
Since same-sex marriage became legal three years ago, more than 30 same-sex couples have become licensed to provide foster care throughout the state of Utah.
Utah Foster Care is a non-profit organization that serves Utah’s children by finding, educating, and nurturing families to meet the needs of children in foster care.
Children in Foster Care | Statewide Facts
2,900 children in foster care at any given time
Children in foster care are between ages 0-19
1,300 licensed foster/adoptive families
Families are urgently needed for sibling groups of three or more
Children in foster care often have special needs due to neglect, abuse, or separation
Substance abuse is a factor in many foster care cases
Most children are in foster care for about 12 months (some for much longer)
Two-thirds of children who enter foster care return to live with birth parents or another relative
615 children were adopted from foster care in Utah
For more information visit www.utahfostercare.org.