Tucson's foster care shortage has more kids than homes

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Tucson's foster care shortage has more kids than homes

CREATED Jul 24, 2012

Reporter: Aaron Brackett

TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) -The life of a foster child is tough, but how much worse could it get than being kept on the floor at a CPS office? One Tucson family who is pleading for more people to step up and help these kids.

Meet Jacob and Andy -- two young boys with two very loving parents. To them, mom and dad are just that, mom and dad, but what about those little ones with no place to go? Timothy and Emilee Hardt decided to become foster parents about 4 years ago and say they're crushed by the foster care crisis.

"[Its] heartbreaking, just heartbreaking," said Timothy Hardt. "Absolutely, especially since there are so many people in the community that if they just chose to give a little bit of their lives, and give love to a child that just needs a safe place to live, they could help with that."

CPS told 9 OYS the reason kids have to stay in offices is because there are more kids than homes.
Hardt, who is currently fostering a 2 month old thinks she knows why people don't want to help.

"I think it's a beautiful thing, but like Tim said there are so many people that have these qualities, but there is that fear of the unknown," said Emilee Hardt. "We have had so many scary stories out there of whats going on in the foster care system but my gosh, these kids just want love. They just need medical attention, they just need someone to love them. I wish that's what more people knew, its not a scary situation."

Hardt says the process of becoming a foster family can take several months, but is well worth it.

"It is a hard job, but if you are even thinking about it, its definitely something you can do because there are so many kids in need at this time that they just need a safe place to live, said Timothy Hardt. "Even if its just for a short amount of time, and then there are kids that cannot go home and need permanent homes."