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Aug. 25, 2004

DSS Hosts Session on Foster and Adoptive Parenting Sept. 11

MEXICO -- Have you ever thought about opening your home to take in foster children or adopt a child? The Oswego County Department of Social Services is looking for caring families to provide a stable and nurturing environment to children.

People who are interested in becoming adoptive or foster parents can learn about the training and certification process at an informational meeting from 9 to 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept.11 at the Department of Social Services, Spring Street, Mexico.

A 10-week training program for people who wish to become certified adoptive or foster parents will be offered Saturday mornings Sept. 18 through Nov. 20. Classes will meet from 9 a.m. to noon at the Department of Social Services. Attendance at the informational meeting is required in order to enroll in the training.

Single and two-parent families may apply to be foster or adoptive families. Both parents in a two-parent household must attend the training. Children who are awaiting adoption through Social Services have been in foster care for a period of time. The children are typically age eight and older and have special needs.

For more information, contact Nancy Clark at 598-4642, extension 46 or Carol Vincent, phone 963-5534, or e-mail carolv@oswegocounty.com.

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