Need for foster parents continues to grow
SAN ANTONIO —
It's an issue News 4 San Antonio first exposed, Texas foster children being forced to stay in state offices or other sites due to lack of placement.
"They can't be living in hotel rooms and CPS headquarters, I mean that makes no sense at all, said Rick Cooke, President of Child Advocates San Antonio.
According to the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, 65 foster children statewide slept at least two nights in a state office, motel, or shelter last month, up from 29 children the month before.
"It more than doubled." Cooke went on to say the entire ordeal is a tough situation.
"I certainly don't fault CPS for this I mean they're dealing the best they can with this situation. There's just such a shortage of foster homes, and more and more kids being removed, “ said Cooke.
The Children's Shelter provides a safe place for children in crisis. The non-profit works with CPS ad foster parents to take children.
The Children's Shelter tells News 4 San Antonio from July of last year until now the non-profit was unable to place close to 4,100 children.
"Just because we didn't have the capacity you know, and that is a staggering number. I mean some of these children are coming from out of region, they may not be in Bexar County, " said Anais Miracle, Vice President of External Affairs for The Children's Shelter.
Children from other parts of the state may come to Bexar County, and our local children may have to go elsewhere because child advocates say there's a shortage of foster homes.
There are two bills Miracle says currently being discussed during this current Texas Legislative Session that would keep children in their own communities.
"They would be able to ensure that they don't move out of the region, that's the thing, " said Miracle.
CPS officials have been working to expand capacity, and also appealing for volunteers from faith based groups.
If you're interested in becoming a foster parent, or just want information The Children's Shelter has an orientation meeting every two weeks.
For more information call (210) 212-2590.