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State kicking off foster parent recruitment initiative

January 18, 2008

Star Community's Executive Director Arnold Eby is meeting with Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley this week to kick off a statewide initiative known as "1000 by 10" ? a foster care recruitment and retention effort.

The campaign was to get under way at the B&O Railroad Museum in Baltimore on Thursday

Also scheduled to speak were Lt. Gov. Brown, Sheila Dixon, mayor of Baltimore City and Secretary Brenda Donald, Department of Human Resources.

"We're getting on board, and encouraging others to get on board the Foster Care Express," Eby said. "Foster homes are dwindling and we need to get more people involved in providing safe and nurturing homes for children in need."

Eby is also the president of the Maryland Foster Parent Association.

"My wife and I have been foster parents for over six years now and there is nothing more rewarding," Eby said.

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The goal of this campaign is to recruit 1,000 foster care families by 2010.

According to a release issued by the governor's office, Maryland lost more than 1,000 foster came homes in the past four years.

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