Youth Villages recently named Larita Smith its new foster parent recruiter for the Anniston area.

In her new role, Smith will be informing the community about Youth Villages’ foster care program and providing free orientation sessions and training classes for people who are interested in becoming foster parents.

Smith is a lifelong resident of Anniston. She is a licensed bachelor social worker and holds a bachelor’s degree in criminal justice with a concentration in corrections from Jacksonville State University. She has an extensive amount of experience in the social work field, working for organizations such as Gateway, the Salvation Army, the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity’s Head Start Program, the Children’s Aid Society and Seraaj Family Homes, Inc.

Foster parents should be over the age of 25 and living in the Calhoun County area. Foster parents should have viable income, reliable transportation and be able to pass a background check and home study.