Texas Boys Ranch helps kids transition into safer environment - FOX34 Lubbock

Texas Boys Ranch helps kids transition into safer environment

LUBBOCK, Texas -

There were more than one-thousand victims of child abuse and neglect in Lubbock County alone last year. When these children are taken in by the state, the Texas Boys Ranch provides housing and much needed love to these kids. 

When kids come to the Texas Boys Ranch, they are usually first time removals from their families. It's emergency shelter offers a safe, clean, temporary place to stay while cases are processed. 

Jodi Albin, a case manager, says a normal day taking care of these children is no easy task. 

"A lot of times they are dirty, their clothes don't fit them, so we provide them their basic needs and clothing. We get them caught up with their medical appointments, immunizations, and get them enrolled in school," Albin said. 

The children can stay at an emergency shelter for up to ninety days. 

"Sometimes we're lucky and we get to transition them to our main campus. Other times they will go to another shelter," Albin said. 

Karleigh Porterfield, in the foster care unit, says she can't fathom what these children go through.

"It's so heartbreaking to see these kids come in. I can't even imagine being an eleven year old girl, being taken from my mom and dad, and then just being put into some peoples home," Porterfield said. 

Porterfield works to get potential foster parents involved. 

"I'll get to have interviews with these people who want to get more information about foster care. I'll meet with them, talking with them through all of the requirements they'll need, the trainings they will have to go through," Porterfield said. 

While there's always a need for more families, she says the last few years have been encouraging. 

"We had maybe six or seven families. The foster care and adoption unit has not been around for too long, maybe five years, and it has grown tremendously. We keep getting more and more families. I think now we have about fifteen families," Porterfield said.

Click here for more information regarding potential donations, our Texas Boys Ranch telethon is Saturday, August 19th, on FOX34. 

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