DOBSON, N.C. -- Surry County Social Services is putting out a plea for foster families. The county recently broke a record in the number of children in their care. On average the county has 35 children but in recent years reached a high as 71.
"We need help," said Wayne Black director of social services. Black says they have run out of homes and are now forced to place children outside the county away from the community, something social services does not want to do.
"We want to, if we can, continue with the same school, the same friends and the same classmates," Black said.
Black said they've seen a significant increase in the past two years, with 69 percent of the children coming from homes with drug abuse.
"A lot of these kids, that's all they know - a world which is Hell, in a lot of ways," said Glenn Dulaney a foster parent for five years now. "If they can see--hey this is not the way it is--it can change not just one life but generations."
Social services is looking for families or individuals with a home and willing to work with children and sometimes their biological parents.
If you are interested in fostering contact the Surry County Social Services.
A work session for potential foster parents is scheduled for Tuesday, May 14, between 6-7 p.m. at the Surry County Department of Social Services.