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Linda Finerson knows all too well the impact a foster parent can have on a child's life. Since the 1980s, Finerson has fostered more than 80 children and has adopted seven.

"There are a lot of children that are in need," she said. "A lot of children need a safe place to live, a safe place to be, a safe place to grow up."

Finerson shared her story at an information session held Tuesday night by the Children's Home of Jefferson County.

The organization has placed several ads to encourage people to become foster parents. The organization says it has about 250 children placed with families in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, but there are still about 25 who need a home.

"We have a growing need for families that can take either large sibling groups or just take one or two kids at a time, whoever has enough love or room in their heart to take on these children," The Children's Home's Michelle Monnat said.

The Children's Home is holding a 10-week training session for people who would like more information on how to become a foster parent. That will start on September 10.

"You'll not only get to know about some of the children and get to know about our program and pick up some great skills along the way," Monnat said, "the program really is designed to help identify the needs of these children."

For more information on becoming a foster parent, call the Children's Home at 315-788-7430.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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