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Associated Press, Published June 27 2011

ND flooding reduces number of foster homes

BISMARCK — Flooding on the Missouri River has reduced the number of foster homes available in the Bismarck area.

Officials tell the Bismarck Tribune that eight of the 40 foster homes in Burleigh and Morton counties are unable to take children because they have flooded, are at risk of being flooded, or have taken in friends or relatives from flooded areas and don't have the room for foster children.

There are about 120 children in foster care in the two counties.

Burleigh County Social Services director Shari Doe said some children have been moved to other homes, but she says there are limited openings.

Temporary solutions include placing children in therapeutic foster homes or in group homes.

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