This is a switch for us at LSS-Foster In Texas. It seems we always have a shortage of qualified and loving homes to foster teenagers, large sibling groups, and children with primary medical needs (PMN). We are forever seeking/recruiting/pleading for new families who feel called and have the backgrounds to care for these harder-to-place children.
Well the tide seems to have turned, and while (of course) we still need foster families for all age groups, most recently we have a shortage of families to care for infants. Yes, the tiniest and most innocent demographic of all … babies!
According to Robert Leal, Foster In Texas vice president for Adoption & Foster Care, this is a statewide issue. We first heard from our Austin office that Child Protective Services needed to place several infants and we were, at least temporarily, unable to accommodate them. These are usually emergency situations when babies are removed from their biological homes for all kinds of reasons … none of them good.
Our best pipeline for new and qualified foster homes has always been referrals from other Foster In Texas (FIT) parents. Friends of FIT parents are familiar with what it takes to raise foster children, having seen it modeled through people they know. And since we have 16 (!) foster care and adoption offices throughout Texas, this network is vital and widespread. So if you are interested in exploring becoming a foster parent, whatever your location, we can work with you.
First, visit our website, www.fosterintexas.org, where you’ll find FAQs and all the information you’ll need about applying. And call 877-747-8110 to learn more and speak with a foster care intake coordinator.
FIT parents receive extensive training and support, daily reimbursement based on the needs of the child, and most importantly lots of love!