MITCHELL, S.D. (KELO) — Just over 920 kids are in foster care across South Dakota, according to the state Department of Social Services.
And there’s always a demand for more foster families.
Mikaya Brant’s former foster parents changed her life as a teen.
“I’m glad they were there to show me what parents are and what they should be, how to respect others and other people’s situations,” Brant said.
Even more kids will get to know what that’s like thanks to the Abbott House’s latest expansion project.
“If you talk to people at the department of social services, there have not been enough foster homes or foster options for kids in our state for a lot of years,” Abbott House Executive Director Eric Klooz said.
The non-profit will build two additional therapeutic foster homes with apartments in Rapid City.
The apartments will serve kids who are aging out of the foster care system.
“These kids don’t have families that are backing them so I think it’s very important that they have that support that they need so they can move forward rather than get stuck and not realize the potential they have,” Klooz said.
The Abbott House is currently raising $3 million dollars for the project.
Groundbreaking is planned for July or August.
“We really are filling a gap that I think has been there are long time,” Klooz said.
You can donate to the project by clicking here.
Meanwhile, the state say it is especially in need of Native American foster families, families who can take in siblings, who can care for children with complex medical conditions, and those who can care for teens.
Find out why one family continues to raise foster children in Eye on KELOLAND at 10.