ROOSEVELT -- The Utah Foster Care Foundation is using billboards to recruit more foster families in underserved eastern Utah.
The campaign is under way in Carbon, Duchesne and Uintah counties and features messages such as, "They're farmers, and foster parents."
Foundation officials tell the Deseret News there's an urgent need for foster parents in the Uintah Basin and other rural areas.
The Utah Division of Child and Family Services reports 70 of the 134 Uintah Basin children in foster care have been placed outside the area because there aren't enough licensed homes there.
State officials say moving the children out of the area makes it more difficult for children to spend time with their families. It also forces them to leave schools they're familiar with.