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Abilene, Texas (KRBC)-Foster families come in all shapes and sizes…

“You can be a single parent, you can have never been a parent before, maybe you’re a grand parent, maybe you’re suffering from empty nest syndrome, ” said Keeley Fenning of Pathways.

And now more than ever, the state of Texas needs more people willing to be foster parents.

“Not only have we seen the number of children go up, we’ve seen the number of foster homes go down,” said Fenning.

In Taylor county alone, the numbers are not adding up for every child in the system to have a foster home.

“In Taylor county there were 732 children who were removed last year and put into foster care but the bigger problem is we only have 326 foster families and as you can tell those numbers don’t quite add up so we definitely in need of foster families here so that the children that are removed in Taylor county can stay in Taylor county,” said Fenning.

Becoming a foster parent isn’t too complicated.

“It’s actually a lot easier than people think to become a foster parent. You have to be able to support yourself and pay your own bills, you have to be over 21 years old, and you have to be able to provide a loving and stable household,” said Fenning.

If you are interested in being a foster parent, pathways is holding an informational meeting June 20th.

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