Special Report: Critical need for foster families

PANAMA CITY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) - The need for foster families has now reached a critical stage in Bay County. There are fewer families available to foster because of repairs needed on their own homes. In addition to that, the number of children being removed from homes is on the rise post-Hurricane Michael.

There is an urgent need for more foster families in the Bay County area as the need has increased after Hurricane Michael.

"I think it's due to stress levels on families. Maybe families who are already borderline with life stressors before the hurricane, this just tipped them to the other side. There's a lot of substance misuse that happens in our area, so that's the number one reason kids are removed from their families," explained Foster Family Support Program Director Cathy Harcus.

If you are interested in fostering or want to learn more about it, you are urged to contact The Life Management Center at (850) 522-4485.

Click on the video attached to this article to meet a family who began fostering an infant shortly before Hurricane Michael hit. They share an inspirational story of staying positive while living in an RV after their home was destroyed.

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