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New Family Engagement Center opens for foster kids, parents in Washoe County

A ribbon-cutting ceremony opens the new Washoe County Family Engagement Center in Sparks on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017. (KRNV/KRXI)

A new Washoe County Family Engagement Center opened Wednesday for parents and children in the Truckee Meadows.

County officials described the facility, located at 905 E. Prater Way in Sparks, as the first of its kind, with indoor and outdoor visitation space, a playground and more parking for parents and guardians.

The new center also features a dining room, kitchen, teen area and baby nurseries.

There is an open, natural environment, along with fun activities for kids of all ages, according to the Washoe County Human Services Agency.

The agency says the new center was needed because of a lack of space at the previous facility on S. Center Street in Reno.

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