Currently, Lubbock County has more than 600 children in the foster care system. However, because of the lack of available certified foster homes, many of those children are having to be relocated to other counties, where foster homes are available.
"We have a tremendous need to foster families," Lynn Harms, President of the Children's Home of Lubbock said.
Harms says many foster care agencies are looking to build their base of foster homes. He says they are always looking for sincere families who feel they have a calling to serve children.
"You have to do a lot of training, licensing, home study process," Harms said.
The process to become certified can take several months, according to Program Director Stacy Parker.
"You see children that are in need and that are scared. And we want to find them a home that's going to love them and care for them and help them understand what's happening in the world," Parker said.
Patti Castro and her husband have been foster parents with the Children's Home of Lubbock for 2.5 years. In that time, they have seen 13 foster children come in and out of their home. Castro admits it hasn't been easy, but says it has always been rewarding.
"It has been a wonderful blessing for our entire family," Castro said. "After a couple of weeks, you can literally see the light come on in their little eyes and they just come to life."
Foster families see a wide variety of children, all with very different issues. However, they all have something in common: they need stability and love. While being a foster parent comes with it's own set of challenges, Castro says the benefits far outweigh the negative.
"You can help one child, you may be able to help 5 children. But, you can make a difference in their lives and it truly is a matter of making a differences in their lives," Castro said.
Click here to see a list of the foster care agencies in Lubbock.
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