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The Texas Boys Ranch is going on 39-years of caring for children. Since it only has room for 32 children to live, 25-percent of the kids get sent out of the region.
Angela Skorick is the program director for foster care and adoption. She said, "this area needs to have more spaces for children. We have to turn some away because we don't have the space."
"They're not only removed from their homes, they're removed even further to a place they're not familiar with. And that's just because we don't have the services, like foster families," Marketing and Communications Director Kyla Graham said.
But now, they do have those services, thanks to their new Child Placing Agency License.
"We're really excited about it. For the longest time, we've known that Texas Boys Ranch needed to branch out and offer a wider and greater variety of services for children," Texas Boys Ranch President John Sigle said.
"And now that we have this license, we'll be able to provide more homes in the community for these children," Skorick said.
Now the children can be placed with families who want to adopt or foster them, and the need is limitless.
"We are looking for loving, Christian families that are flexible. They're open minded, they're patient, understanding and kind. And understand that these children have come from different backgrounds," Skorick said.
"Infants, newborns, right all the way up," Sigle said. "And there's a lot of special needs children that need homes, as well. And foster care is obviously the way to offer those children the kinds of opportunities that they wouldn't have otherwise."
Even if you cannot adopt or foster a child, the Texas Boys Ranch really needs donations. Anything from toiletries, to socks and underwear, and even pajamas from sizes infant, to 18-years-old.
"I mean, anything that you can imagine you'd need for your own children. Kids come to us often with just the clothes on their back," Graham said.
All of the paperwork is in place. Now, they just need the community to step up by adding adoptive homes and foster homes
"I've been praying very hard for this to finally work out, and now I'm really praying very hard for us to find really good families to take care of these children. Because I know that there is such a need, and I'm passionate about finding a place for them," Skorick said.
To get more information on adoptions and fostering through the Texas Boys Ranch, click here
or call 747-3187.