Foster Care in North Dakota

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Bismarck, N.D. - On average, fifteen hundred children are in North Dakota's foster system every month.

Skye Wilkes is a 17-year-old girl in the Stark County Foster Care system.

"When I first got put into foster care I thought it was really scary. I was scared because I didn't know any of the people, I was in someone else's house. You don't know anyone, you don't know how these people act, you don't know what they like to eat for dinner, you don't know anything. You don't," said Skye.

Since then she is active at her school in the student congress and speech team. She has her own job. She has the independence to drive to both and is able to hang out with her friends.

"It provides so much for not only the kids that are coming into care, but our community and our family, too," said Jolene Rod, Skye's foster mother.

Aging out of the program doesn't mean she'll be kicked out on the street. There's an 18 plus program and more government support after college, as well.

"I'll basically have a place reserved here at Jolene's house for me to come home during break and stuff like that while I'm in college," said Skye.

Between Human Services and her foster family everyone is just trying to make sure that Skye will be successful in her own "Game of Life."

If you would like to become a foster parent, or have more questions about the program you can call your county's Human Services Department.