Georgia's foster care system is in desperate need of new parents and the timing of the shortage couldn't be worse.
On any given day there are more than 7,000 kids in Georgia in need of foster care. Unfortunately, that's more than twice the number of foster parents that are available.
"We're only able to place about one in every 10 kids referred to us because we don't have enough foster families," said Susan Crain with Faith Bridge Foster Care.
To make matters worse, Crain said the numbers of kids are about to skyrocket even more because school is starting.
"Typically, at this time of year, our phones begin to ring more often as school councilors, teachers, or principals begin to make reports when they see a child who might seem to not be getting what he needs at home," Crain said.
Crain knows the increase is coming and she said they're trying to stay out ahead of it with a series of recruitment and training workshops.
We spoke with a foster family that credits those classes for getting them ready, but because of Faith Bridge policy we can only refer to them by their first name.
"It gave us the opportunity to ask a lot of questions. There were other foster parents there. They had trainers there and it really did equip us very well for what was ahead," said Gayle.
She said it was a challenge, but came with some great rewards.
"The blessings for us far outweigh anything sacrificed for us," said Gayle.
Her husband David agreed.
"When you look back over a year's time and see the kind of improvements there have been, it's amazing," said David.
And now they're challenging others to join them in the fight.
For more information on Faith Bridge and the classes and seminars they're operating this month go to their website at www.faithbridgefostercare.org.
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