TWIN FALLS — Recruiters have seen a surge of interest in foster parenting since the Times-News this spring published a three-part series on Idaho’s severe shortage of foster parents.
“It’s been hard to keep up with it all,” said Ellen Leavitt, who handles foster parent licensing for the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Twin Falls office.
But it’s a good problem to have.
Health and Welfare this spring was desperate for more local foster parents. And despite the higher numbers of people going through training, south-central Idaho needs still more.
The Times-News project in April and May told the story of Idaho’s foster parenting shortage and other flaws in its child welfare system through the eyes of current and former foster parents and foster children. A February report by the state Legislature’s Office of Performance Evaluations illuminated the problems and proposed solutions, including doing a better job of retaining foster parents.
From March 2014 to March 2016, the number of Idaho foster homes dropped by 8 percent or 88…