El Paso — Almost one hundred children are waiting to be adopted here in El Paso and local groups are urging residents to step up and share their homes and their lives with these children in need.
500 El Paso children are in foster care, "It's not really a job. It's a commitment to make to these children," Elva Espino, a former foster parent says.
She is just one of the many who have stepped up to becomea foster parent, "I thought I would... offer something a little more stable and a home for someone that needed it," she says.
She, along with other leaders, appealed to dozens of community members on Wednesday at this year's Child Advocacy Recruitment Effort Conference, to help children who do not have permanent homes.
Organizers say more than 80 kids in foster care are ready to be adopted, "We're running very low on beds so we're really appealing to the community to help us out as much as possible. We don't want our kids sleeping in offices or sleeping shelters for a long time," Jose Alamillo, Area Director for the Lutheran Social services tells us.
Elva became an adoptive parent 10 years ago after fostering 2 young girls, "I fell in love with my girls... and they just needed somebody I thought would make a perfect family," she says.
Although it's been a learning experience fo her, "It has it's good times and it's bad times but it's very important for them to realize that once you become a foster parent there's going to be a lot of people involved in your life," she tells us... She hopes some of the more than 800,000 residents in El Paso will step up and become foster or adoptive parents.
"You do care for them that's the reason you should come into foster care if you really are in for it," she says.
If you're interested in becoming an adoptive parent or foster parent you can contact El Paso Care at 542-4535.