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Utah Foster Care marches for awareness

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Posted at 9:45 PM, May 10, 2013
and last updated 2013-05-10 23:45:01-04

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah Foster Care held its first annual March for Kids in downtown Salt Lake City on Friday.

They marched to raise awareness of the need for faster families in honor of National Foster Care Month.

Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker and those participating also honored Jennifer Larkin, who was named Foster Parent of the Year.

Larkin is currently a foster mom to eight kids, but has fostered 12 total. She says that if you’re thinking of becoming a foster parent, go for it because it will change your life.

“You kind of have to jump in. You can’t really sit on the fence about it. It’s a decision that you just need to go for it. It’s extremely rewarding. Like I said, I never thought that I would have eight children, but they’re here and they’re mine and it’s great,” Larkin said.

The Salt Lake Valley’s Utah Foster Care says the largest challenge they have is finding a home for teens and sibling groups. Currently there are 750 kids in foster care and only 340 families.