BURNET, Texas (KXAN) - Katherine McAnally, first assistant Burnet County Attorney, can identify with parents and children involved in CPS cases.
"But for the sacrifice of my parents opening up their home to me," she said. "My life would have been very, very different.
"I see myself in the children sometimes and very often I see my birth parents, in the parents," added McAnally. "And I can somewhat recognize some of the same issues that my birth parents faced."
The Burnet County attorney says 60 CPS cases going on right now and that means more children are left in limbo, it also creates the need for more parents to sign up as foster parents in this area."
"We have very few placements," said LeeAnn Eaton with CPS in Burnet. "We need foster and adoptive families in Burnet County.
"This creates a situation where kids miss school for parent child visits" said Eaton, "They miss school for therapy."
"We work with Burnet, Blanco, Llano and San Saba counties," said attorney Angela Dowdle, who was moved by so many cases in 21 years, she adopted two children.
"Now there are so many kids that need placement and ultimately there are so many kids that need adopting" said Dowdle, "And 20 years ago that wasn't the case."
And as the caseloads increase, the need to find foster homes is more critical than ever.
Note: CPS says parents are compensated a minimum of $22.15 per day but that amount could increase depending on a child's needs. Anyone interested in becoming a foster parent can call the Burnet CPS office at 512-715-3536.
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