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Local organization provides free resources to foster families

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QUINCY (WGEM) -- There are 231 kids in the foster care system in Adams County alone, but a local organization can help make the transition easier for children and their families.

Kourtney Price said she has three kids of her own, and has fostered four other kids over the last two years.

"We had an eight-year-old girl who was coming to stay with us, and in the foster world, you get an hour notice that this child is coming to stay with you and so we had nothing for her," Price said.

Connect Child and Family Solutions Office Coordinator Stephanie Furman said they're able to provide families with resources like shoes, clothing, bedding and hygiene items.

"While foster families do get funding from the state, it takes a while for that to come in. So, we're kind of that buffer, it's an immediate, I'm saying yes, the child is going to be here within the next few hours and we don't have the resources right now necessarily for the specific child," Furman said.

Furman said their mission is to also help biological parents provide for their children, or connect with those who are already in the system.

"We also provide a space for the children to meet with each other for sibling visits as well as visits with their biological parents and other family as well," Furman said.

Price said they have continued to help her and point her to other foster families.

"That first placement can be scary and so overwhelming and so Connect really helped to make it less scary, less overwhelming by taking part of that burden for us," Price said.

You can get involved in their mission by donating. Many of the clothing items and hygiene kits they provide come from community donations.

The second annual Connect for a Cause Mile Walk is this Saturday, June 26.
It's from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Bob Mays Park in Quincy.

Online registration has closed, but you will be able to register in person day of.

Money raised will help the organization provide more resources to foster families.

You can call (217) 388-1515.

Charity Bell

Multimedia Journalist at WGEM

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