Special to The Ely Times

Abused and neglected children who are removed from their families often need to live outside of their communities, away from everything familiar.

In Nevada’s rural communities, many children, including teens and sibling groups, are in need of a safe and nurturing home. Foster parents provide a temporary home so these children can heal and feel supported.

Foster parents can be single or married, male or female. They can be working, or a stay-at-home parent. They can also be retired with grown children.

There are many types of care that may be more suitable for your home situation:

— Emergency shelter care

— Short term and long term care

— Respite care

— Adoption

To learn more on how you can become a licensed foster parent with the State of Nevada, please call 1-888-423-2659, or go to www.dcfs.state.nv.us