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May 23, 2013

Salem's Plummer Home launches foster program

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“It’s all with the goal for kids to get back to family,” Lister said.

The Plummer Home’s ultimate goal is to connect teens with a permanent family, he said, either through reunification with their own relatives, adoption or lifelong guardianship.

Last year, the Plummer Home began staffing On Point, a juvenile court diversion program in the city’s Point neighborhood. The 90-day program for Salem teens on probation is a collaboration between Salem Juvenile Court, Salem police and the Plummer Home.

The launch of On Point and the organization’s new foster care program means the traditionally boys-only Plummer Home has begun to serve young women — an exciting addition, said Lister.

Families who are interested in becoming foster families through the Plummer Home would be screened, trained and provided support. For more information, visit www.plummerhome.org.

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