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Need for foster homes increases in Broome, surrounding counties

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) -- Right now, there'a a major need for foster homes in the Southern Tier and surrounding areas.

Northern Rivers Permanency Care Manager Rachel Egan-Hill said the need for both temporary and long-term homes in Broome and surrounding counties has increased since last year.

Egan-Hill said the process of going through foster care can be traumatic for a child, and Northern Rivers supplies families with the tools necessary to offer a safe space.

"Our foster parents and potential foster parents have an extensive background in training, lot of people to reach out to, you get a team to support you throughout the way," she said. "We make sure the kids have what they need academically, and then at the home that they're emotionally supported, physically safe, and then any provisions that they need when they're with us, we help get that."

And since Northern Rivers is a therapeutic foster care agency, homes fostering a child would receive assistance which includes weekly visits from case managers and assist with appointments.

"It takes a toll on foster parents sometimes," Egan-Hill said. "They don't know how they're going to manage another child or another set of things, but we are there to make those adjustments and help get the child what they need and as well as support the foster parents at the same time."

If you're interested in becoming a foster parent or learning more, you can contact Northern Rivers Home Finder, Chris Murray, by calling 607-643-6044 or emailing him at

Maci Cosmore

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