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Wanted: More foster care families in Finger Lakes

Families are in the spotlight this weekend as the nation celebrates Mother’s Day.

With that in mind, there is a significant gap between the number of children in the four-county area of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates needing foster placement and the number of foster care families willing to take those children in on a short- or long-term basis.

Glove House, an organization based in the former BonaDent Dental Lab building, contracts with Seneca and other counties to identify, train and arrange for foster home care for children who can’t live with their biological family for a variety of reasons.

“We have a continual need for foster care homes. The circumstances children find themselves in is often fluid and we need to be able to provide these children with safe homes each night,” said Elizabeth Reed, confidential recruiter for Glove House.

”We need families willing to be trained for foster care and willing to then accept one or more children for varying lengths of time. We want to keep siblings together as much as possible,” she said.

May is National Foster Care Month. Glove House and the county social service departments they work with use the month to express appreciation for their current foster and adoptive parents and to issue a plea for new ones to step forward.

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