Foster homes needed in Mesa County

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MESA COUNTY, Colo. (KKCO) -- There are nearly 300 kids currently in foster care in Mesa County, and experts said more homes are needed to keep up with those numbers.

A recent study shows that Central Grand Junction, the 81501 zip code, only have four foster homes. Clifton doesn’t have any.

The system works to keep all siblings together and keep kids in the same school district, but when they have nearly no homes it's hard to do that.

“The reason why we really are recruiting for these two areas, that's the high number of where kids are removed from, and it's really important for kids to be placed within their community and in their school system,” said Jodi Bedell, with Mesa County Department of Human Services.

Typically homes can have about four foster children, but it all depends on the situation. To become a foster parent you do an online interview and then will meet with a case manager.

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