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Youth Villages seeks local foster parents
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Youth Villages is looking for caring people in Warren County to become foster parents to children who have suffered abuse, neglect, abandonment or other issues and need a home.
“These children need families who will care for them until they can return to their birth families or an adoptive family is found for them,” said E. Channing Peeples of Youth Villages. “If the child becomes available for adoption, foster parents often have the first right to adopt, and adoption through Youth Villages is free. Foster parents with Youth Villages receive a monthly stipend to help them offset the costs of adding a child to their household.”
Candidates should be single or married adults over the age of 25 and living in the Warren County area.
Free foster parent training classes will start Saturday, Aug. 4 at 9 a.m. at Youth Villages, located at 1420 Neal Street, Suite 202 in Cookeville. For more information on classes or on how you can change the life of a child, contact Shawn Cline at 931-560-4233 or shawn.cline@youthvillages.org. 
Youth Villages is a private nonprofit organization dedicated to helping emotionally and behaviorally troubled children and their families live successfully. Headquartered in Memphis, Youth Villages this year will help more than 20,000 children and families through a wide variety of effective programs, including intensive in-home services, foster care and adoption, residential treatment, crisis services, a mentoring program and transitional living services for young adults aging out of foster care.
Youth Villages’ focus on strengthening families consistently produces an 80 percent success rate of children living successfully at home two years after completing a Youth Villages program. Youth Villages has been recognized by Harvard Business School and U.S. News & World Report, and recently was identified by the White House as one of the nation’s most promising results-oriented nonprofit organizations.
For more information about Youth Villages, visit www.youthvillages.org.