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Northwest Arkansas leads state in foster care beds

Growing population helps, but officials seeking more

By Doug Thompson

This article was published August 23, 2015 at 1:00 a.m.

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NWA Democrat-Gazette/BEN GOFF@NWABENGOFF The Meythaler family poses for a photo Thursday on the playground at Sugar Creek Elementary School in Bentonville. The family includes (front, from left) Daniel Meythaler, 5, David Meythaler, 5, (second row, from left) Ann Meythaler, Kerry Meythaler, Kylie Meythaler, 7, Charlotte Meythaler and (back) Emily Meythaler, 12. “Northwest Arkansas doesn’t do that much better than the other parts of the state in recruiting foster families. The difference is retention,” said Ann Meythaler, Benton County coordinator for The Call.

The state suffers a severe shortage of foster parents everywhere but Northwest Arkansas, a recent study showed. Having just enough, however, doesn't guarantee a home for all the children who need one.

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