For almost a year, “Steps-2-Success,” an arm of YouthTrack Utah, has been providing foster care services in both Cache and Box Elder counties. The organization has been offering therapy to foster children and outpatient therapy to parents.
On KVNU’s <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_05_30_328_11294_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>Crosstalk</a> show Thursday, Christine Hammontree, youth services director, said therapists are available for help on issues with regard to the child, foster family and the family of origin.
“Most of the kids that we are seeing coming to us are coming from very dysfunctional families that have been abusive or neglected them,” Hammontree said. “Here in Cache Valley it’s kind of surprising but there is a lot of drug abuse.
“We’re seeing kids that have parents that have been addicted for many years. Mostly it’s methamphetamine or heroin, and these kids don’t know what normal is.”
So what is the organization looking for in foster parents? Hammontree said they are looking for caring individuals who want to make a difference in the life of a disadvantaged child who, through family dysfunction, has come into foster care.