Foster homes need grows at alarming rate


Foster homes need grows at alarming rate

Foster homes need grows at alarming rate


With the number of foster children steadily rising in Garden City, the need for foster homes is growing at an alarming rate.

"There is a huge need," said Angela Webster, recruitment specialist for TFI Family Services, a Child Welfare Agency that provides experience, compassion, quality services and care.

"The numbers are astronomical," Webster said.

Within the last three to four months, the number of foster children has grown from 70 to 107 children being served in and out of home placement in Finney County alone.

Since April, there were 26 foster homes providing placement to children who cannot reside at home with their own families in Finney County.

Out of 26 foster homes in Finney County, Family Services only has five.

"We need more," said Webster, who has been with the agency for four months and helping with foster homes and children for eight years. "We're focusing so hard in Garden City and the Ford County, Dodge City area. Our No. 1 recruiter is our current homes. "We really need more parents with safe homes in Garden City."

One way Webster is spreading the word about the need for foster homes is by "blitzes" and "painting the town red with info."

Webster and members of Family Service go into businesses, stores and meetings to hand out fliers informing the public on the need of foster homes.

"Some children are already taken out of their homes," she said. "We want to keep them in the comunninty and allow them to grow in a home environment that they are familiar with."

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