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DHS staff as foster parents: State needs caregivers

By Randy Ellis Modified: August 26, 2007 at 6:29 am •  Published: August 26, 2007
e do not have as many foster parents as we need, and employees ... choose to foster in a continuing effort to make a difference in a child's life.”

The spokesman said a recent check revealed there were 104 DHS employees serving as foster parents. Almost half, 47, were kinship foster parents, meaning they were related or had some other prior bond with the children placed in their care.

DHS officials said the agency takes great care to avoid conflicts of interest.

"A majority of the discussion prior to a decision being made for an employee to be a foster parent is the employee agreeing not to use his or her position ... to influence the case,” Johnson said. "Through our information security systems, all case records are restricted so that an employee serving as a foster parent does not have access to case information regarding any foster child who may be under his or her care.”