PHILADELPHIA (CBS) –– Philadelphia has a desperate need for foster parents, according to officials from the city’s child welfare system.
There are about 6,000 children in the system but less than 5,000 foster homes, and the Department of Human Services says it has struggled to improve safety and conditions for children in the system.READ MORE: Philadelphia Weather: How Much Snow Will Major Nor'easter Dump On Your Area?
DHS commissioner Cynthia Figueroa says she has a “big ask.”
“We want you to be a resource parent for children in our foster care system,” she said. “Yes you, not the person sitting next to you, but we know each one of us can make a difference in the lives of children.”READ MORE: CBS3 Mysteries: What Happened To Celina Mays, 12 Years Old And Pregnant, 26 Years Ago?
The need is especially great for older teens, kids with special needs and siblings, but foster parent Stephanie Laws says the rewards are great too.
“With the love and support we provide, these kids are growing, they’re knocking down different barriers every day.”MORE NEWS: Major Preparations Underway At Jersey Shore, Philadelphia Region Ahead Of Winter Storm
Those interested can call DHS at 215-683-5709, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit their website at phila.gov/dhs.