A campaign to find foster homes for 108 handicapped children who are under the District's care has been launched by D.C Social Services Commissioner Audrey Rowe.

Many of the children, who range in age from 1 to 21, have physical as well as emotional or mental handicaps. They live at the Hospital for Sick Children, National Children's Center, Christ Child Institute and St. Ann's.

"We are seeking people who want to challenge and satisfaction of knowing they are helping a child for whom it is especially difficult to make progress," Rowe said.

"We have found that children who have been placed with loving families seem to do better and to make greater progress than those who must live in institutions, however good the facilities are," Rowe said.

Prospective foster parents must be between 21 and 60 years old, in good health, able to live comfortably within their incomes, and have room for an extra child. They may be married or single and living within a 25-mile radius of the city.

Foster parent training and ongoing support services for the child, including medical therapy and counseling, are provided. Stipends of $253 a month are provided for children under 12 years of age and $265 for children 12 and older.

Prospective foster parents are asked to call 727-0868 for information.