It's another symptom that can be blamed on the boom.
Child Protective Services in Midland and Odessa are understaffed and running behind.
Now the Texas Child Protective Services is sending more workers our way to help out with the crunch.
Officials say staff shortages have created problems and a backlog of cases since the fall.
A CPS spokesman says although our region has received help in the past, it isn't enough.
In the Midland/Odessa area, about 500 cases have gone at least six months without being investigated.