National Foster Care Month Highlights Thousands of Children in Need of Families

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Buckner Children and Family Services Seeks Families to Meet Demand

Sean and Barbara Smith

Sean and Barbara Smith of Lubbock, Texas adopted their three youngest daughters through foster care after raising five children.

At Buckner, we believe foster care is not a lifetime commitment to a child, but a commitment to be meaningful in a child's lifetime.

More than 31,000 children are in the foster care system in Texas; 6,000 of them are ready for adoption. May is National Foster Care Month and Buckner Children and Family Services is raising awareness about the needs of abused and neglected children while seeking loving foster families to meet the demand.

“Every child deserves a family,” said JoAnn Cole, senior director of family programs at Buckner International. “At Buckner, we believe that foster care is not a lifetime commitment to a child, but a commitment to be meaningful in a child’s lifetime. When you become a Buckner foster parent, you have the opportunity to be instrumental in changing a child’s life.”

Buckner currently serves more than 560 children through foster care each year across the state of Texas. Foster parents can be single or married and are willing to accept temporary placement of a child in their home. They are supported through ongoing training, home visits, financial compensation, and on-call assistance.

To learn more about Buckner’s foster care and adoption services, including foster-to-adopt, Texas Waiting Children adoption and domestic infant adoption services, please visit http://www.beafamily.org.

Buckner Children and Family Services is a Christian ministry which has been caring for vulnerable children and families since 1879.

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