Classes for people interested in becoming foster parents have been scheduled through November, including a segment that begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday.
The three-hour classes will be held once a week for 10 weeks. They are conducted by Saint Francis Community Services, which is contracted with the state to oversee foster care throughout most of Kansas.
The course is designed to help people decide if they want to provide a foster home for children. Foster parents are required to complete the course to be licensed in the state, Saint Francis said.
More than 150 foster care homes are urgently needed in Sedgwick County to keep children closer to home, according to the agency.
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Weekday classes are from 6 to 9 p.m.; Saturday classes from 9 a.m. to noon. All courses are held at 4155 E. Harry in Wichita.
In addition to the session starting Tuesday, others begin on Sept. 13, a Saturday; Oct. 2, a Thursday; and Nov. 3, a Monday.
To register for the classes or get more information, call 316-831-0330, ext. 231 or go online to st-francis.org.