Supervisors To Discuss Grand Jury Report On County’s Foster Care Program

During Tuesday’s meeting, the Shasta County Board of Supervisors will discuss responding to a Grand Jury Report that questioned whether children in the foster care program are at risk. The report heaped great praise on the Health and Human Services Agency staff responsible for the county’s approximately 500 foster kids. Staff was reported to be highly dedicated and concerned for the well being of the children. The problem is that there simply are not enough county workers to handle the case load or foster families to care for the kids. The recommendation by the Grand Jury is that the county launch an aggressive advertising campaign to fill the unfilled positions and recruit more families willing to provide homes for foster children.