April 23 info event aimed at prospective Gaston County foster parents

Gaston County needs more foster parents and a recruitment program is set for Saturday, April 23, from 10 am to 1 pm at Dallas Park.

The event is sponsored by the Gaston County Department of Health and Human Services and will give persons interested in becoming foster parents the opportunity to speak with and ask questions of current and past foster parents in the county.

The event, organizers say, will also feature food, music, and games.

Over the past few years, the need for foster parents has grown significantly, organizers say, especially for teens and sibling groups.

Due to the lack of foster families in Gaston County, many of the children in local care are placed in other counties — with a significant number being two or more hours away. county officials said.

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