Roswell facing shortage of foster families

Posted at: 03/04/2014 5:45 PM
By: Lauren Hansard, KOB Eyewitness News 4

State officials are calling it a crisis.

In Roswell there are not enough foster families to take in kids who need them.

There is not a single spot left.

KOB Eyewitness News 4 talked to the state and a foster mother about the problem.

“It’s changed my life.  I never thought I could be this person who I am.  And I'm so glad that I have this chance to make a difference in other people's lives, and they've changed my life too,” said Kathy Sigala.

Sigala has been a foster parent for over a decade.

She’s helped dozens of children like Gino.

But right now she’s taking care of six children, and can’t take in anymore.

And other foster families are in the same spot.

CYFD says there are no homes available in Roswell. 

If a child were to come in, a worker would have to spend the night with the child at the CYFD office.

Renee Fitts works for CYFD.

“Right now we are currently in crisis mode," said Fitts.

If there are no homes in Roswell, the child has to be moved out of the county immediately.

“How unfair is it to them to not only have to have them removed from their family due to safety reasons, but their community as well.  The school that they know, their friends that they know," said Fitts.

CYFD is asking anyone who can help to come forward.

“We need foster families. We need individuals who have ever considered opening their home and heart to a child in need.   This is the time to do it, take action.  You know evaluate for themselves, are you ready to become a foster or adoptive parent with CYFD.  This is the time to do it because we need you," said Fitts.