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Cherokee County in desperate need of foster parents

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Cherokee County's Department of Family and Children Services is in desperation mode.

It needs foster families, and they're needed now.

Currently, there are more than 250 kids to only 65 foster families. That's about four to one; a ratio that's creating some problems.

Karen Doyle has only been a foster mom for eight months, but she might have already reached the veteran status.

"The minute we open our doors and say we can take more children we get phone call after phone call. It's pretty overwhelming," said Doyle.

Doyle already has two girls of her own, but currently has three more; an addition that not all families can take on.

When families say no, that means the kids have to be sent elsewhere, and it often means out of the county.

"What it means to the children is they lose connection to their home community. They're often not able to attend the same schools. They often can't keep connection with families for visitations needed for reunification purposes and it puts a strain on connections and communications," said Charity Kemp, the Cherokee County director of Family and Children Services.

And she said it's only getting worse.

"It's always the need, but now more than ever as we see the children in foster care are growing in numbers," said Kemp.

And that's why they're in desperate need of help and they are once again turning to the foster families because they turn out to be some of the best ambassadors for why to become a foster parent.

"It's really not as hard as I thought it would be, especially when you get into the swing of things. It's a lot easier than I thought it would be," said Doyle.

Plus she said to see the difference you're making in a child's life, trumps everything.

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