High Sky Children's Ranch Seeing More Foster Parents "Step Up" 8/16/13
August 16th, 2013
This group of kids at High Sky Childrenís Ranch is taking in some sun at the pool.
And while hanging out at the pool can be fun, High Sky is trying to find these kids a place to call home.
"You have 10 to 25 kids per home as opposed to a family living environment where you have consistent parents in the home, consistent structure and stability," said Jalynn Hogan, a therapist at High Sky.
At the start of the year the average length of stay in the emergency shelters was eight months, now itís down to five. That means more kids are finding loving homes.
"With the awareness of the need for foster care in the Permian Basin we are seeing an increase in the number of people that are stepping up," Hogan said.
Homes such as Amy Riserís, who has recently fostered two kids from the shelter. She says a more home-like environment has helped with their recovery.
"It's just such a good feeling to know that you're giving them some of the brightest days that you can give them," Riser said.
While the numbers are good, High Sky says there is always room for improvement and they hope to eventually see kids leave the shelters after two or three months.
For more information on how you can adopt or become a foster parent visit highsky.org