ATLANTA -- Foster parents have been watching the crisis in DFCS from the beginning.
They are, after all, on the front line of the issue. And yet they say they are forced to stay on the sideline of it. Many say their unique perspectives and opinions are ignored by the authorities, even though the kids who may be at risk confide in them.
Misty Barry is a foster mom in Cherokee County. She says foster families are forced to pay what can be thousands of dollars out of their own pockets for the kids, who can come to them any time of the day or night. Often with only the clothes on their backs.
"The first group that we got was four siblings on a midnight on a Sunday," said Barry.
"They literally were brought to our home by police with nothing, no clothes, no anything. DFCS doesn't have the funds to say, 'Here, here's a shopping card. Go buy these kids clothes.' It is left at the responsibility of the foster family to clothe them to feed them to provide those needs."
Foster families typically try to help each other with things like clothes and toys for the kids. That's why Barry started "Grace's Closet."
But the donated clothes have outgrown her house. And now she's looking for help from the community with room for storage.