Wednesday, May 14, 2014

May is National Foster/Kinship Parent Appreciation Month

May is Foster Parent/Kinship Appreciation Month. In Mesa County there are approximately 300 youth currently in the foster care program. Every child deserves a safe, loving, and permanent home. 

“All young people in foster care need a meaningful connection to a caring adult who becomes a supportive and lasting presence in their lives,” stated Tracey Garchar, Executive Director of the Mesa County Department of Human Services. During May we thank and recognize our foster care families, who care for these youth within our community, adds Garchar.

In Mesa County, over 100 certified foster and kinship families open their homes and hearts to children whose families are in crisis and play a vital role in helping children and families heal and reconnect.  Foster care homes give these children a safe environment where each child’s life can be changed for the better.  Please join us in honoring foster families who dedicate their lives to helping children in our community.

Currently, the highest area of need for foster care homes is for teenagers. These homes should not only provide stability, but will also offer mentoring to these teens as they transition into adulthood.

Note to Media:  Please note that foster children CANNOT be filmed under any circumstances. 


For more information about the needs of foster care in Mesa County and how you can help make a difference, please call the Foster Parent Information Line at 248-2794.

Elder Abuse Mandatory Reporting Training

Mesa County Department of Human Services is offering this training on mandatory reporting of at-risk elder abuse, neglect and exploitation on Thursday May 22 from 11:00am-1:00pm in Conference Room 1060 in the Department of Human Services Building 510 29 ½ Rd GJ. The free training will answer questions about the new law and provide information on the following:   What is mandatory reporting?
Who is required to report? 
 What situations must be reported and to whom? 
How to make a report to Adult Protection Services (APS) and Law Enforcement?

This training will be provided at no cost to organizations such as- Medical personnel, long term care facility personnel, mental health professionals, social workers, law enforcement personnel, court appointed guardians and conservators, fire protection personnel, pharmacists, dentists, bank personnel, home health providers and affiliated parties, emergency medical service providers, physical therapists, clergy and chiropractors...the list goes on……

Help us pull back the curtain on elder abuse!
PLEASE CONTACT WESTERN CO 211 TO FOR MORE INFORMATION.

CALL 211 FROM A LAND LINE OR 9702448400 VIA CELL PHONE.