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Texas Boys Ranch puts out urgent call for foster families

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) -

The Texas Boys Ranch is putting out an urgent call for more foster families across the South Plains.

Workers with Texas Boys Ranch hosted a foster care information meeting Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

Lubbock County has around 700 children in foster care.

Mary Duenes says her family couldn't imagine life without their adopted daughter and son, 15-year-old Nataya and 17-year-old Isaia.

"Everybody that knows us and talks to us says it seems like they were never not part of our family, they just meshed in perfectly," Duenes said.

The Duenes family adopted Nataya and Isaia in November of last year, after the siblings had been staying at Texas Boys Ranch for 18 months.

Right now there are 22 children of all ages on campus just like them, who are in need of a loving home.

"Lubbock, we are in huge need of foster families. Unfortunately, there are kids coming into care through CPS every day. And sometimes we have to turn these kids down from putting them in a home in Lubbock because there are no foster families that re open or we just don't have any families," Case Manager Karleigh Porterfield said.

Porterfield says it helps provide a better sense of stability when the children in Lubbock get to stay in this area, especially for older children like Nataya and Isaia.

"This is what they are used to. It's hard enough to come into care anyway. But to take them out of something that they are not used to would be harder for them," Porterfield said.

That's one of many reasons why the Duenes family knew Nataya and Isaia were a perfect fit.

"It's just completed our family, it was the missing piece to our puzzle," Duenes said.

Of course this is a serious commitment, and not everyone will qualify.

"You have to be a married couple, at least over the age of 21. And then from there we'll go through the background checks, the home study. And then you'll also go through trainings," Porterfield said.

Mary and Karleigh say the first step is to make a call, and see what will work best for your family.

"It's just taking that step of faith, I think. And trusting that," Porterfield said.

"I did it thinking that I was going to bless them, but in reality they have blessed my life. They have changed my life," Duenes said.

For more information, you can call Texas Boys Ranch at 806-747-3187 or visit their website: https://texasboysranch.org/

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