SA nonprofit hoping to foster more kids but is in need of staff

State agency overwhelmed with foster kids

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio nonprofit hoping to house more foster kids from an overwhelmed state agency said it needs more help to accomplish that goal.

The state's Child Protective Services has had to resort to putting foster children up in CPS offices and motels. As a result, Roy Maas Youth Alternatives' CEO said the governor's office has asked the nonprofit to take on five additional kids to the ones already living there.

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While the resource center for Children in Crisis has enough space, it doesn't yet have all the staff needed.

"These kids were traumatized in a relationship with somebody they love, and the only way that we can help them heal is in a relationship with a staff," CEO Bill Wilkinson said. "We need a direct-care staff to be in a relationship with these kids."

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Roy Maas is adding an additional shelter as well to give space to an additional 22 children by early summer, but the CEO said they'll need more staff for that, too.


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