Migrant children: Local charity flooded with offers to foster

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by JENNY DOREN

WFAA

Posted on July 2, 2014 at 1:27 PM

Updated Thursday, Jul 3 at 5:08 PM

FORT WORTH -- The phone has been ringing non-stop at Catholic Charities of Fort Worth. Many people in the North Texas area want to know how they can help young immigrant children who are heading into the United States unaccompanied.

Many want to help in a substantial way. Calls to Catholic Charities have almost tripled, with many people expressing an interest in fostering kids who cross the border. About 2,000 kids are heading our way come August.

Anyone in the Dallas-Fort Worth area is welcome to foster. Families will get a monthly stipend to cover the costs.

The program manager of the Division of Unaccompanied Children's Services in Fort Worth hopes that with immigration in the headlines, the trend of people asking what they can do to help will continue. 

"It's a little intimidating for a lot of people to think about accepting a youth into their home that maybe doesn't come from the same culture as they do or speaks the same language," Leah Wilson said. "But from other reports that I've gotten from foster parents, it's a really enriching experience and the kids are so resilient."

There are other ways to help the children besides foster care. Welcome boxes are needed, along with Walmart gift cards.

Go here for more information on how to help.

E-mail: jdoren@wfaa.com

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