POSTED: Monday, September 9, 2013 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 8:21am
HARLINGEN, TEXAS (KVEO NEWS CENTER 23) — Over sixteen thousand children state wide are in foster care.
"Down here in the Rio Grande Valley there is a large number as well and it continues to grow," said Frank Lopez, Regional Director of Foster in Texas.
Foster in Texas, one of six foster care placement agencies here in the valley needs help in making sure kids taken from their homes have a safe temporary home.
Right now officials say elementary aged children are usually the first to be placed.
"There's a strong need for foster families that are willing to care for infants, teens and sibling groups," said Lopez.
Lopez added these three groups sometimes come with extra challenges, but round the clock services are available to those willing to take on the responsibility.
"We have 24 hour, seven day a week on call, we have clinicians on staff, we have medical staff as well so it's pretty much a wrap around service so families have that support from us," said Lopez.
Ideally Foster in Texas prefers to place children with in the city where they live as to not further disrupt their lives.
"I think there are a lot of families that are interested in the program and are willing to help, but just don't know where to start," explained Lopez.
Foster in Texas officials says in the past, when the community is made aware of the need, they respond. They’re hoping this time that's also the case.
If you’d like more information on becoming a foster parent, you can visit www.FosterInTexas.org .