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New Mexican (Newspaper) - August 15, 2005, Santa Fe, New Mexico TME SANTA FE Locally owned and independent Serving New Mexico for 156 years MONDAY AUGUST 15 2005 FIFTY CENTS Photos by Luis Sanchez New Mexican Eddie Grose of Edgewood holds one of her foster children at Santa Fes Salvador Perez Park In three years as foster parents Grose and her hus band Bill have cared for 32 children Fostercare shortage The need for foster parents unmet in Santa Fe County By DIANA HEIL The New Mexican Eddie and Bill Groses sprawling home in rural Edgewood is constantly abuzz with grandchildren and fos ter children playing side by side Kids keep you Eddie Grose 58 said I was feeling my age and now I Santa Fe County needs more families like the Groses In the last year 183 children were taken from their parents and placed in foster care while the states Children Youth and Families Department sorted out reports of abuse or neglect But thereare fewer than 50 foster homes in the county and some of the children had to be sent to other parts of the state In the last year 25 percent of Santa Fe County children in foster care lived in homes out side the county not including those who stayed according to Linda McNall man ager of the departments north east region It would be nice to have another 20 to 25 foster homes she said in a recent inter view Foster families provide care for children until they can return home or until they are Three of the Groses foster children play at the park In the last year 25 percent of Santa Fe County children in foster care lived in homes outside the county adopted The calling appeals to emptynesters as well as to childless adults who wonder what it is like to have a young ster around the house But McNall is the first to admit Its a huge decision for people to For Eddie Grose the decision to foster carrie with no regrets The mother of six has cared for 32 foster children over three years Her home is licensed for six children at a time The kidsusually are mel lowed out within acouple of days and they just go with the she said Theyre won derful And they After fostering a child its not uncommon for Grose to meet the childs biological parents Many are trapped in drug and alcohol dependence she said Its a whole new world to she said Most of them are just hurting people who are scared for their kids and wish they hadnt made the choices they Children drift in and out of her life The shortest stay has been four days the longest has been 18 months Some children have been adopted in the community where she lives Both those who stay in Edgewood and those who go tend to remain in touch At Christmastime Grose invites all the kids and parents she has met through foster parenting to a party to make gingerbread houses Grose her retired military husband and two grown children live on 20 acres The spacious house is set up with 13 beds and cribs It just wasnt the kind of home to stay in and have no Grose said Earlier this summer Grose accepted three new foster kids two sisters and a baby boy She spent the next day buying clothes picking up medicine and visiting a park in Santa Fe With a camera strung around her neck and a row of teddy bears on her USA AllStar Club Tshirt Grose slowly rocked the whimpering baby and kissed his forehead Meanwhile the sisters got acquainted with Groses two other foster children who call her Grandma on the play ground Imagine waking up in the morning and your mother isnt Please see CARE Page A4 average number of New Mexico children living with a foster family In 2002 that number was FOSTER CARE BY THE NUMBERS percentage of children in care in 2004 were away from home for an average of 12 months with no more than two placements 267 number of foster children that were adopted in 2004 Of those 43 percent were adopted within two years of entering care Super crowd expected at SFHS Council reconvenes tonight in larger quarters to take up proposed WalMart Supercenter By HENRY M LOPEZ The New Mexican Backers and foes of three controver sial issues on the Santa Fe City Councils agenda including the development of a WalMart Supercenter are expected to square off again Only this time its expected there will be enough room for everyone About tonights meeting Santa Fe Commu nity TV will broadcast tonights City Council meeting live The 7 meeting was moved to Santa Fe High Schools Tony Roy bal Gymnasium from City Hall after being postponed Wednesday when an overflow crowd put the city at risk of violating the Open Meetings Act Meeting coverage will appear on Channel 16 Hundreds crowded into City Hall on Wednesday to offer their two cents on the three agenda items The swarm became so large that lines of people streamed from the councils packed chambers through a hallway and out onto the south lawn City Attorney Bruce Thompson advised the coun cil that because all those who wanted to give public com ment couldnt see and hear each other at the same time the council was in potential violation of the Open Meetings Act On his advice the council decided to reconvene tonight at the Santa Fe High Schools Toby Roybal Memorial Gymna sium at 7 Santa Fe Community Television Please see CROWD Page A2 Hitandrun on 125 takes mothers life Authorities looking for vehicle that witnesses say has been in Santa Fe The New Mexican A mother of two young children died in a hitandrun accident early Sunday on Interstate 25 according to state police who are looking for a vehicle witnesses say has been seen around Santa Fe Elsie Rojas 37 of Santa Fe died after the pickup she was riding in was sideswiped by a blue 1996 Dodge pickup around 2 as both vehicles approached La Bajada just of the Santa Fe County line said Peter Olson state Department of Public Safety spokesman Rojas and her driver Jorge Reyes of Santa Fe had been at a dance at Raphaels bar in Algodones as had three men later Please see MOTHER Page A4 Israel begins historic Gaza Strip withdrawal Knight Rldder Newspapers NEVE DEKALIM Gaza Strip After 38 years of occupation and months of preparation and protest Israel began its with drawal from the Gaza Strip on Sunday by sealing the area and preparing to deliver final evic tion notices to thousands of Jewish settlers Soldiers closed border cross ings between Israel and Gaza at midnight 3 police erected roadblocks on routes leading to the predomi nantly Palestinian region in an attempt to minimize demonstra tions by Jewish opponents of the withdrawal Its how illegal for Israelis to live in Gaza Palestinians planted flags and deployed troops near some Jew Please see GAZA Page A5 The Associated Press Jewish settler Ell Cohen left and his son Tameer fold up a large Israeli flag Sunday as they prepare to abandon their home In the northern Gaza Strip settlement of Dugit INSIDE TODAY Index Annies Maibox C6 Horoscope C6 Classifieds Dl Opinion A7 ComicsC7 Police notes A2 Crossword O6 Spanish pg Cl Education C4 Sports Bl TbeWesfs Oldest Newspaper Four sections 28 pages 1561h year Issue No 227 Publication No 596440 Late paper 9840363 Todays forecast Partly cloudy afternoon Tstorms High 76 low 55 Page B6 Todays obituary Josefita P Alarid 102 Sarita Fe Aug 12 Page A2
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