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South Dakota's First Lady promotes foster care in Rapid City

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Rapid City was today's stop on a state-wide tour for South Dakota's First Lady Linda Daugaard.

She's spending the summer and fall promoting her newest program—Foster One.

Daugaard hopes to increase the number of homes available for foster children in South Dakota. There are currently 685 children in foster care in the state, and 63 of them live here in Rapid City.

She says that while people might not be able to commit to parenting, everyone can help by spreading the word about the cause.

Daugaard says she believes anyone can be a foster parent, it just takes creating a safe home environment and a love for kids.

"Love and limits, I think," she say. "You know, just look at the best parents that you think...maybe of your friends, of your parents...think of what qualities they have. That would be the same for a foster family."

Daugaard says a child stays in a foster home for an average of 12 months, but she hopes these foster kids will ultimately be adopted.

 

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