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Flash mob for foster parents in Eau Claire

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Eau Claire (WQOW) - About fifty people braved the rainy weather Thursday to raise awareness for the need for foster parents. The third annual flash mob for foster care brought a yellow umbrella clad flash mob to the corner of Farwell and Washington in Eau Claire.

Foster parents were a part of the group and WQOW News 18 talked to one family about why they were there. "If you have the love in your heart and a spot in your home, you'd be great. It' very important and if you're interested there are a lot of people in Eau Claire County that would be willing to talk with you," says foster parent Angie Danielson.  

Across the state, more than six thousand kids are in the foster care system. Mike Heath, with the Coalition of Children, Youth and Families, says, "It's exciting because people do get excited, they're beeping their horns, they're looking at the yellow umbrellas, they're trying to find out what this is all about and again, it's just creating that awareness, that buzz."

"Shelter From the Storm" is the theme for the third annual flash mob for foster care in Eau Claire. "As you can imagine, when children are taken out of their home, and put in a foster home, it's a stormy experience for them," says Heath.  

Here in Eau Claire County, 56 kids are currently coping with the experience of moving in with a family they've most likely never met.

Eau Claire County Foster Care Coordinator, Sherill Jahr, says, "We have 37 foster homes that are available to us, when we lack those resources that are within the community we need to go outside of the county. Meaning we'll contact Dunn County and Chippewa."  

When that happens, the kids are taken away from everything that's familiar to them, even their school.  Jahr says,"The more families we have, the more resources we have and we're able to keep kids in their community."

Eau Claire County needs foster parents for children of all ages, from infants to seventeen-year-olds. "As I tell families with children, we build the match around your kids, making sure that we're making good, safe matches. There is concern too about working with the birth family.  A lot of that uncertainty can just create some anxiety and we want to help support them through their process," says Jahr.  

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