Help needed for Lubbock foster care system

Help needed for Lubbock foster care system

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Everyday children are taken from their homes to give them a protective and nurturing place to grow up. 

Unfortunately the foster care system that is supposed to take care of these kids is crumbling. 

Currently there are more than 1,926 kids in the system just in the Lubbock region. Up from an average of about 1,500 

"I think Lubbock, Texas is actually in a crisis when it comes to foster care," said John Sigle, President of the Texas Boy's Ranch. "There are so many families that have needs, so many families that are dealing with poverty, and drug addictions and our children experience actual physical and sexual abuse as well."

The kids being taken from their homes come in all ages.

"The highest number of kids removed between the ages of three to zero in our area and as a shelter we can only keep kids for 90 days, so the state doesn't want to place babies in the shelter but I have been receiving calls for kids as young as two years old to eight months old that just need a place to go," said Kaylee Hendriex, Program director for the Texas Boys Ranch.

Unfortunately if a placement cannot be found locally, they children will be moved, piling on to an already tragic situation.

"I think we are re-traumatizing children without even intentionally doing so," Sigle said. "When they are removed from their home, I think that's a form of trauma. It doesn't matter that they've experience trauma while inside the home itself, we are also adding to that by removing the child from the home but we are also adding to it when we move the child so far away that they can't have regular and frequent contact with their parents."

Keeping them in Lubbock means there are greater chances of a happy ending for all involved.

"We need to keep the children, while they're in foster care, right here in Lubbock so that the parents are motivated to work their services and work their programs so they can get their child home as quick as possible," he said.

He said he knows it is difficult but more families are needed to take in these kids. 

"I have done it all. I have been a house parent, I've been a foster parent, I am an adoptive parent so I know the fear, I know challenges with, associated with doing those things but I also know the incredible blessing that comes with committing yourself to a child who is in need, or several children in need."

If you are curious about becoming a foster parent, it is as simple as making a phone call to the Boys Ranch to start the process. 

If you cannot foster, you are urged to donate, anything helps whether it be clothes, food, or money.

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