When Things Go Right In Idaho Foster Care

The smile on Tara Mulvahill’s face had a special quality. She’s a new mom.

“Life is good,” she told Boise Weekly.

Mulvahill has been an Idaho foster parent for seven years, and more than 40 children have walked through her door and into her arms. Now, at 52 years of age, she calls one of those children her own.

“I’m a first-time parent,” she said. “I just adopted a little guy who I’ve care for the past two-and-a-half years. He’ll turn 3 this coming week.”

Mulvahill is a rare breed. While there are 1,300 homes licensed for foster care in Idaho, that’s not nearly enough. It turns out that many of those homes–nearly half–are exclusively licensed to care for a relative, quite often a grandchild. That means that somewhere around 700 foster care families were available to nearly 1,200 non-relative foster children this year.

“We don’t have enough foster families,” said Tara Wright.

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