TX - Catholic Charities Lines Up Foster Families for Immigrant Kids
DALLAS (KDAF) -- Now that 2,000 kids are heading to DFW from south Texas, Catholic Charities of Fort Worth is starting to line up foster families.
"They need someone to take them in," Maria Pohlman, whose family wants to provide a foster home. "If we can help, why not?"
Pohlman and her mom showed up, along with about 50 other folks for an orientation meeting. They found out it`s a bit more complicated than you might think.
To open up your home to one of these kids: you have to attend several hours of classes. You also need a successful 'home study' which involves lots of paperwork, background checks, references and ultimately, a visit to your home.
'We are very open, Pohlman said. "There is a lot of room in the house."
For now you wait, only you don`t have to do it in a detention center.
The folks at Catholic Charities say it can take three to six months before a prospective foster parent will get to meet the child.
Most importantly, foster parents at Monday`s meeting were asked if they are ready to make a big commitment.
They say some of the kids who made it across the border could be in the U.S. foster care system for 5 years or longer.