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While the need escalates, south-central Idaho suffers from a severe shortage of people who want to become foster parents, and they quit at nearly the same rate they are recruited. But it takes more than interest. Prospective foster parents must complete a months-long process to become licensed. They must face whatever problems the children bring from situations of abuse or neglect — burns, violent outbursts, distrust. And they often feel overwhelmed, asked to take on more and more children.