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Temporary Homes Needed

I love babies. And every time I petition for another one, my husband reminds me that they grow up fast–something we know quite well. A few moments ago, we were bringing babies home from the hospital. And now they’re both in middle school. But a Richmond-based adoption agency is looking for people to temporarily foster babies and infants, while birth parents decide what to do, while potential adoptive parents get home studies. It could be a great way to play with babies, without having to pay for braces. Here are the details:

Children’s Home Society  of Virginia is seeking foster  parents to care for infants  and toddlers on a temporary  basis. A home study, training  and support are provided.  Foster parents also receive a  monthly stipend and clothing allowance.

Foster care is a temporary  arrangement where a child is  cared for in a nurturing  family while permanent  plans are made. Infants and  children are cared for in  foster homes while birth  parents make decisions regarding their children’s futures. Foster care may also be  used while legal steps are  completed to release a child  for adoption.

To find out more about  becoming a foster parent,  call  Emily Ruppert at 804/ 353- 0191 or 800/247-2888 or  visit online.