By Jenna Hiller San ANTONIO - The number of children who age out of the foster care system in Texas has dropped by 41 percent in the last five years.
But last year, more than 1,000 foster youth still aged out of care without finding a forever home.
Child Protective Services wants that number to continue to drop.
The agency met with stakeholders including child advocates, child placement agencies, attorneys and judges to talk about the need for permanent homes.
"The primary thing I'm trying to impart is a sense of urgency. We just have a really small, brief window in childhood in which to get this right, and for a child, the time passes very quickly," she said.
In some cases, she said, a year without a permanent home could represent half of a child's memorable life.
Franck Meyer added the problems that often pop up among foster kids -- like aggression, anger and self-injury -- are just natural reactions, and the root cause of those behaviors is the need to connect. KSAT ABC Read More...
"The primary thing I'm trying to impart is a sense of urgency. We just have a really small, brief window in childhood in which to get this right, and for a child...
What a great stat 41% drop in kids aging out in the last 5 years, and they seem just as motivated to bring that number down another 59%... One of Team Backup's goals is to bring awareness to this huge problem that could be managed if more people would join in and make a HUGE difference in these kids lives!