Tulare County Looking for Prospective Foster Parents

Tulare County is in need of foster parents for nearly 1,000 children.

The high demand has prompted the county's foster care licensing staff to hold individual orientations for prospective parents who want them.

"We have such a need for foster parents that we decided to have staff available throughout our normal office hours in order to be more accommodating and, hopefully, encourage more people to go through the orientation and training," Anita Ortiz, of Tulare County Foster Care Licensing, said.

Group orientations will continue to be held the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:30 p.m. at 26500 S. Mooney Blvd.

People interested in fostering a child must attend an orientation meeting, be at least 18 years old, be financially able to support a child, have no criminal record and a clear health screening.

Prospective foster parents must also pass a CPR and first aid certification.

The need is especially high for people willing to foster siblings and teens.