Officials: Moving children from foster care to homes needs to speed up

Keith Howard
Keith Howard

Angelina Perez
NewsChannel 10

Amarillo, TX - "A sense of urgency" is what state officials are saying is necessary when it comes to putting children currently in foster care into a permanent home.

The Texas Appleseed study is making that claim saying children are getting stuck in the system.

They say this is because children are often placed in different homes, have numerous caseworkers and have little opportunity to express their feelings.

Keith Howard, a local adoption coordinator, says if we do not make changes now, it can affect us in the future.

"I think most days people think it's someone else's issue to deal with but when we look at reports like this one, that they put out, it talks about the issues that we will face as a society if we don't take care of these kids now," says Howard.

The study say if more is not done to find children a permanent home they are more likely to face poverty, poor education, substance abuse, or jail time.

There are currently more than 300 children in foster care in Potter and Randall county combined.