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Youth Villages is in great need of foster parents in the Covington-area and will hold its first free foster parent information session in Tipton County on Thursday, July 17, from 5:30-7 p.m. at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Tipton, located at 1995 U.S. Highway 51 South, in Covington.

Foster parents are needed to care for children who may have suffered abuse, neglect or abandonment. These children need adults who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them.

Foster parents provide children with a safe, comfortable environment and monitor their emotional growth, school progress and physical health. They also serve as positive role models to children who may lack caring adults in their lives.

Youth Villages provides foster parents with 24-hour access to counselors, support groups and a monthly stipend to offset the cost of adding a child to the home. Foster parents also often have the first right to adopt if the child becomes available for adoption.

Foster parents should be omore than 25 years of age and residents of Tennessee. Foster parents should have viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home study.

For more information about the upcoming information session or how you can change the life of a child, contact Lacey Howard, Youth Villages foster parent recruiter, at 731-288-4613 or lacey.howard@youthvillages.org.

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