Wanted: therapeutic foster parents

Last year North Carolina lawmakers made $38 million in cuts over two years to group homes for children with mental illness and behavior disorders. Many group homes are closing and now the state is looking to place more than 1,000 of these children with foster families by next June. To take in the children, therapeutic foster parents must participate in specialized clinical training. In Charlotte, Alexander Youth Network says it’s in a good position to place the kids because its therapeutic program already has a stepped up level of clinical training. WFAE’s Simone Orendain has this report on the agency’s recruitment efforts.

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