Child Protective Services still in need of foster parents

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DYA Director Melanie Brennan (PNC file photo)

Child Protective Services (CPS) is still in need of foster parents as referrals continue to come in on a daily basis.

Referrals are reports of suspected maltreatment.

CPS remains under the temporary administrative control of the Department of Youth Affairs, after the governor declared a state of emergency, back in January.

DYA executive director Melanie Brennan said: “We continuously address referrals on a daily basis and referrals come in every day.”

She states that one of many challenges the agency continues to face is the lack of foster parents on Guam.

Presently, there are more than 300 children on the island in some type of foster care.

Out of the 300, an estimated 70 kids are in foster homes and the rest are in relative or kinship placement, according to Brennan.

To date, there are only 41 licensed foster homes on Guam.

Brennan said they are always looking for foster parents to take these kids into their homes.

If you are interested in becoming a foster parent, you can call 475-2653.

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