PARAGOULD, AR (KAIT) - Greene County has one of the lowest number of foster homes in the state and the highest number of kids.
The county is taking new efforts to recruit foster families in order to provide quality housing for children taken from their home.
Nicole Potts is the local coordinator for a support group organization in Craighead County that assists foster families . After hearing about the need in Greene County, she said she knew she had to take action.
"In comparison, I would say there are in crisis mode just like Craighead was back a year ago," Potts said.
As of today, there are 11 foster homes in Greene County for 114 kids. Just two days ago, Potts started an organization called Christians for Kids in Greene County.
"We decided to start Christians for Kids because of the shortage of foster families in Greene County," Potts said.
She believes the shortage is attributed to the people of Greene County not being aware of the shortages. Potts said the organization goes to local churches and speak to congregations about this growing need for foster families.
"We are trying to find families who consider this a ministry in their home,"Potts said.
Potts says this cause is very personal to her. She has 4 children, 2 of which are from foster care.
"For a child to be in foster care," Potts said. "They have to have come from either an abused or neglected situation."
Potts said being a foster mother is very rewarding.
"It's amazing when you put a child in a stable environment, where they are loved, the progress you see in the children," Potts said.
Potts said each child is only suppose to spend a year in a foster home and at the end of that year, the Department of Human Services decides if the children should go home or if they will go up for an adoption.
If you are interested in being a foster parent, you can reach out to Christians for Kids on Facebook or email Nicole at Christians4Kids@gmail.com for more information.