AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - According to Child Protective Services, it's becoming harder to find foster homes for children in the Amarillo area.
Rebecca Robinson with the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services said the Panhandle is critically at-risk when it comes to foster housing.
"We are in bad need of foster homes here locally," said Robinson. "A large part of the Texas Panhandle is very rural, so some of the smaller towns don't have foster parents where we can have children stay in their local community once they've experienced a traumatic event."
She said the lack of foster parents forces children to be uprooted and moved to larger cities like Dallas or Houston.
Robinson added this sudden move can add additional stress to the child in conjunction with the traumatic event he or she has already experienced.
"They lose a lot of their education, they lose their friends, they lose their church that they've been going to," said Robinson. " Moving traumatizes a child when they have to go to a school where not everyone looks like them anymore."
Data shows parental substance abuse is to blame for over 60 percent of CPS cases.
Child Protective Services hosts an informational meeting every second and last Tuesday of the month for anyone interested in becoming a foster parent.