By NewsLine Staff

Residents who would like to help St. Johns County’s children and families by becoming a foster parent, adopting a special needs youth or teen, or helping in other ways are encouraged to attend the upcoming St. Johns County Family Integrity Program orientation session and pre- service training classes, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 5 in the Kingfisher Conference Room at the St. Johns County Health and Human Services building, 200 San Sebastian View.

Foster parent pre-service classes will be hosted at the same location from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. every Tuesday from Jan. 12 to March 8. These interactive classes will offer participants a variety of educational material delivered through an engaging and challenging format that includes immersive experiences with many child welfare professional experts presenting on all aspects of the system of care.

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A considerable need exists in St. Johns County for family foster homes for teens and teen sibling groups. Prospective caregivers that have special skills to assist in helping to serve in a more therapeutic or medical capacity are greatly encouraged to attend.

To RSVP for the Family Integrity Program orientation session or pre-service training classes or to request a brochure, please contact Joy Meyerpeter at 904-209-6131. For more information on the Family Integrity Program, visit

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