Hope Hill Youth Services looking for foster parents

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) – Since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, foster care organization Hope Hill Youth Services has faced a dwindling number of parents willing to foster children.

“When the pandemic hit, we were all at home. Everyone was distant. We were trying to do things through social media, but there’s been a big drop in the number of certified adoptive parents,” Chief Executive Ashley McNabb said.

For this reason, the organization has struggled to find homes for the adopted children. McNabb said they had to house them in their own offices.

“We’ve had more children staying overnight in social worker offices because they can’t find a placement,” the chief executive said.

The Children’s Bureau published a study in 2021 that found a 4.47% decrease in the number of children in need of foster care, the largest decrease in the past decade. That said, McNabb said the number is rising again as social workers are allowed to investigate homes.

“Now that they’re reopening, we’re seeing an increase in referrals,” she said.

Seeing the need for help, Hope Hill hosted an open house today in hopes of connecting more with the community.

“The most important thing is to involve the community and help us find these adoptive parents,” McNabb said.

If you are interested in becoming a host family, you can visit this website.

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