Reception agencies call on the community to intervene for children in care over the age of 8
HOUSTON – Local agencies are working to end the foster care crisis in our community by hosting virtual sessions to educate residents and register to become foster parents.
Thousands of Texas children and teens are in desperate need of good foster homes, hundreds of these children are in Harris County. However, it is difficult to find suitable homes for them, especially for those over the age of eight, as all people are hesitant to take older children and adolescents.
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“It’s scary. There are a lot of challenging elements, but with the proper skills and resources that come with going through a private agency, you have the tools and resources to be successful in foster care,” said Stephanie Barron.
Barron is the supervising case manager at Presbyterian Children’s Home and Services, she says part of the problem is that most foster parents are only looking to foster young children aged four and under, hoping to adopt.
“A lot of times these families struggle with infertility, and a lot of the time they’re looking to add children to their family who are young, so they can have those experiences,” Barron said.
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Childcare agencies say they cannot stress enough the importance of providing safe homes for older children and adolescents. They also remind the public that the purpose of foster care is to support a child until they can be placed back with their biological family.
“It’s really important that we have foster families who can provide temporary homes where these children can receive stability, love and nurturing care while their parents work towards reunification,” he said. she stated.
Rose Riggs is a supervisor at CPS, who was also placed in foster care when she was a teenager. On Friday morning, she spoke at DFPS’s annual Child Abuse Prevention Month press conference.
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She shared what it meant to her and what it meant to older foster children to find a loving home.
“You grow up in this world where abuse and drugs and dysfunction and all of that is normal; then you’re placed in this family that embraces you, and it’s not uncomfortable,” Riggs said.
For those interested in foster care or who simply have questions about how a foster child would fit into their family, Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services makes it easy to access information and ask questions. questions through virtual sessions. Click here to find out more: Presbyterian Children’s Homes and Services (PCCHA)