Heather and Bobby Verlato sit in their Crystal River home with their eight children. The couple have three biological children and another five they are fostering.
‘Verlato, party of 10’



In April, the Chronicle reported that Citrus County had 90 children living in foster care. But with only 17 foster homes comprising 43 beds in this county, Kids Central has to place the majority of Citrus kids in the other four counties in the agency’s district: Marion, Hernando, Lake and Sumter.

Since our story ran, several foster homes have opened up, but the need is still great.