South Dakota plans ad campaign to find more foster parents
PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - South Dakota is planning an advertising campaign to recruit more foster parents to care for children who have been removed from their families' homes.
The Department of Social Services has issued a request for proposals from companies to develop an advertising campaign that would feature first lady Linda Daugaard as its spokesperson. The campaign would spend up to $150,000 to recruit foster parents to care for Native American children, teenagers, siblings, or those with medical problems.
Virgena Wieseler of the state Division of Child Protection says more foster parents are needed so children who are removed from their families' homes for safety reasons can stay in their home communities.
Richard Wexler, director of the National Coalition of Child Protection Reform, says South Dakota removes too many children from their homes.
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