Local woman opens home and heart to foster kids

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - It's been a struggle in Kern County for years, finding homes for the thousands of local foster children. Now the Department of Mental Health is asking for the community's support.

The Department of Mental Health says there are thousands of children in Kern County who are looking for someone to call family. For one local foster parent, she's opened her home to hundreds of foster kids for nearly two decades and she hopes other families will consider doing the same.

Toys and stuffed animals can be found all over Ida Figures' home. She's been a foster parent for over 20 years, taking in hundreds of kids and providing them with a home.

According to the Department of Mental Health, there are roughly 2500 kids in Kern County who need a home. The issue, there aren't enough homes.

Foster parents open their home to children who do not have a legal guardian. It gives the children an opportunity to be a kid and nurtured.

Figures says its been a rewarding and humbling experience to have kids come through her home, each with a unique story.

If you're interested in becoming a foster parent, you can call the department at 868-8343.

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