Foster Care Facing Shortages - KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports

Foster Care Facing Shortages

The Preciados have three foster children in their home and hope to eventually adopt. The Preciados have three foster children in their home and hope to eventually adopt.

The number of children in need of foster care continues to climb in Potter and Randall County.  This is forcing Amarillo Child Protective Services in search for for foster families. According to Amarillo Child Protective Services, Potter and Randall county have 576 children in foster care, but only 57 homes available.  

It's a problem that Amarillo C.P.S says is not going down. C.P.S spokesperson Greg Cunningham said, "This is everybody's business. This is yours.. mine, our business. These kids need someone to defend them. So I think that's a big change and that's why we're seeing more and more cases".  

With the increased awareness more people are calling in abuse cases. That's when C.P.S turns to families like the Preciados, even with no guarantees the family opens up their home to foster children. Paul Preciado said, "No telling how long you'll have the child. We know what we've decided is during that time we know that child we know they're. That helps if we have to lose a child. The Preciados have three foster children in their home and hope to eventually adopt.

Cunningham says it's easy to become a foster parent all you need is a little time and love."All they need is a loving home and someone to protect them" he said.

That's exactly what the Preciados try to do and in the end they say it is worth it.

Paul Preciado says, "The way they (children) return it. They just smile and tell you they love you and it's all cool".

Amarillo C.P.S. offers monthly classes for those interested in becoming a foster parent.

You can call C.P.S at 3-5-8-62-11 for more information on classes.

 

  • Today's Local News HeadlinesToday's Local NewsMore>>

  • Deputy embracing comedy to solve crimes

    Deputy embracing comedy to solve crimes

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 11:36 PM EST2017-11-22 04:36:50 GMT
    Source: Moore County Crime StoppersSource: Moore County Crime Stoppers

    Moore County Crime Stoppers has put a record number of fugitives behind bars this year, and the group credits its success to a new comedic approach to solving crimes.

    Moore County Crime Stoppers has put a record number of fugitives behind bars this year, and the group credits its success to a new comedic approach to solving crimes.

  • Officials: vacant properties lead to fire hazards

    Officials: vacant properties lead to fire hazards

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 9:57 PM EST2017-11-22 02:57:13 GMT
    Source KFDASource KFDA

    Vacant properties aren't just eye sores to the community. These abandoned homes increase the chance of crime, promote illegal activity, and are serious fire hazards. "Often we find that even though it might be boarded up someone has found a way to enter the structure. And as it gets cold, obviously those people may try to start a fire or something inside to stay warm. And as a result of course we get a structure fire," said Community Development Administrator James Allen. ...

    Vacant properties aren't just eye sores to the community. These abandoned homes increase the chance of crime, promote illegal activity, and are serious fire hazards. "Often we find that even though it might be boarded up someone has found a way to enter the structure. And as it gets cold, obviously those people may try to start a fire or something inside to stay warm. And as a result of course we get a structure fire," said Community Development Administrator James Allen. ...

  • Law enforcement taking I-40 Challenge this holiday season

    Law enforcement taking I-40 Challenge this holiday season

    Tuesday, November 21 2017 6:28 PM EST2017-11-21 23:28:19 GMT
    Source: KFDASource: KFDA

    With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, local law enforcement are teaming up to ensure the  safety of travelers.  

    With the Thanksgiving holiday approaching, local law enforcement are teaming up to ensure the  safety of travelers.  

Powered by Frankly