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Huntsville group looking for foster parents

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HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Volunteers with Huntsville's Harris Home for Children are taking a somewhat unorthodox approach to get the word out about the need for therapeutic foster parents.

There are more than 6,000 children in foster care in Alabama, and within that group, there are kids who need specialized attention.

"We plan to cover Huntsville, little by little, step by step," said Juliet Wise, therapeutic foster care coordinator for Harris Home.

Wise and a group of dedicated volunteers are going door-to-door, looking for people willing to become therapeutic foster parents.

It's somewhat different from traditional foster care.

"Therapeutic foster care, you're going to deal with a higher level of a need," Wise said. "You may be dealing with a child who has ADHD, they may have severe behavior problems or they may not."

For those reasons, therapeutic foster parents receive more training than traditional, and usually just one child is placed in a therapeutic foster home.

"We're looking for parents who are truly focused on the child," Wise said. "Meeting that child's needs, and bringing them to that level, helping them to develop, to thrive."

It is a commitment, but Wise wants people to know that they will have plenty of support and the opportunity to change a child's life for the better.

"A lot of times we look at these kids and we're told they have these behavior problems, and we can really help them," she said. "If we take the time out to sit there and talk to them, about why this is a problem."

If you're interested in becoming a therapeutic foster parent, you can contact Juliet Wise at (256) 837-0332.

Or you can e-mail her at jwise@harrishomeforchildren.org.

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