UPDATED: Friday, July 18, 2014 - 10:09pm
Waco, Texas — So far this year, McLennan County has already set a new record for the number of children being removed from their homes and being placed into foster care. Unfortunately, there aren't enough area foster homes available. Right now, CPS is working to recruit more foster families.
"It takes the whole community to raise the children," said McLennan County foster mom Lisa Minyard.
Lisa Minyard and her husband Rick are the parents of five foster children and one adopted son, as well as their combined six biological children. Over the years, they have opened their home to countless foster children. While it's tough to see the kids come and go from her home, Lisa says fostering is a job she proudly takes on.
"We put our own emotional feelings aside.Yes, it may make you sad, and it may hurt your feelings when one goes back or when one goes into an adoptive home. But, at the moment in time that you are working with that child, you are helping that child in a time of their crisis," said Minyard.
A record number of children have been removed from their homes by CPS so far this year due to abuse or neglect. But, many children are getting sent out of the county to live due to a lack of local foster homes.
"The number of foster homes we are licensing is not equalling the number of children who are coming into care," said CPS Supervisor Andrea Barnett.
CPS is holding an event next Thursday, July 24, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Carver Park Baptist Church to recruit more foster families. Anyone is invited to attend.
"We do not discriminate in regards to a one parent or two parent family. We do not discriminate in regards to socio-economic level. We're looking for someone who's stable, someone who is committed to the children and who is going to provide unconditional love," said Barnett
For Lisa, meeting those qualifications came naturally. And, she says becoming a foster mom has been one of her most rewarding roles in life.
I asked Lisa, "What's the hardest part about being a foster mom?"
"The hardest part is the letting go at the end....yeah," said Minyard.
At Thursday's recruitment event, there will also be area child placing agencies. Participants will be able to learn more about fostering and adoption as well as view profiles of children waiting to be adopted. Caseworkers will be available to answer questions.