WATAUGA — The need for foster parents is never ending, said Jessica Hunter, licensing and adoption social worker from Watauga County Department of Social Services.

Prior to the initial outbreak of COVID-19, there was a “steady flow” of foster parents in the area as she licensed between 30 and 40 people each year. When DSS reopened after the peak of the pandemic in 2020, Hunter said she is now licensing about five people a year despite a constant need for foster parents.

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PattiG

I'm waiting to hear about you anti-choice people rushing to adopt these kids. Let's see if your actions match your words.

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