ABILENE, Texas (KRBC) — Throughout Texas there is a shortage of foster parents for the number of kids coming into care.

Taylor County is in need and typically has a higher removal rate.

Many kids cannot stay locally and have to move out of the region to find foster homes.

A group of foster agencies have decided one way to support the foster parents and families is by having a Foster Parent Association!

There was one a few years ago but then it slowly became non-existent. Now trying to start it back up again and bringing together caregivers of our county’s most vulnerable youth for fun and fellowship.

“It’s a time for support. Also a time for training and so it. Also, a time for training and so it would really be up to the foster families who are leading it to decide what it’d look like,” director of family outreach at Methodist Children’s Home Megan Harbin said. “And just have a time where they can support one another because it truly takes a village and I don’t think other people understand what it takes to be a foster parent unless you’ve walked in those shoes.”

The Taylor County Foster Parent Association kick-off is this Saturday, June 2 from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at Family Life Center of First Baptist Church.

There will be food, crafts, face painting and free bowling for all to enjoy. The event is also free!