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.