‘Perfect for them’: Amarillo-area couple adopts two young boys, giving them each a brother, family, community

‘Perfect for them’: Amarillo-area couple adopts two young boys, giving them each a brother, family, community

Despite its quiet exterior in a small, rural West Texas town, the inside of the Gonzales house is full of the happy laughter of two boys doing what...
Tips for foster parents from foster care alumni

Tips for foster parents from foster care alumni

If you’re considering becoming a foster parent, you’ve probably done your homework and consulted the expert opinions of professionals, clergy,...
Open heart, open home: Lubbock adoptive couple talks about the need for homes for children

Open heart, open home: Lubbock adoptive couple talks about the need for homes for children

Lubbock teachers Adrian and Kylie Alfaro were raised by parents who lived out the mindset that if someone needed a home, they had one. ...
National Adoption Month: Meet the McCarthys

National Adoption Month: Meet the McCarthys

Buckner foster-to-adopt parents David and April McCarthy adopted five boys, including three teens, through foster care who joined their three...
National Adoption Month: Meet the McCarthy Girls

National Adoption Month: Meet the McCarthy Girls

April and David began the foster care journey more than five years ago to give girls who needed a home a safe, loving environment. Thirteen foster...
National Adoption Month: Meet the McCarthy Boys

National Adoption Month: Meet the McCarthy Boys

The McCarthy family began fostering older boys when they lived in a large home on the Buckner campus in Lubbock. Five years later, the McCarthys now...
National Adoption Month: Meet Mom and Dad McCarthy

National Adoption Month: Meet Mom and Dad McCarthy

Last week we introduced you to the McCarthy family, a sizeable crew of twelve. Today, you’ll meet Mom and Dad McCarthy. ...
Lessons in healing

Lessons in healing

When Robin Wright started a new position at an East Texas elementary school, she was overwhelmed by the number of children in her class with Child...
In midst of foster care crisis, TDFPS asks faith communities to respond

In midst of foster care crisis, TDFPS asks faith communities to respond

With a growing number of children in foster care and an urgent need for foster families in Texas, the Texas Department of Family and Protective...
How to become a foster parent: What you need to know (part 2)

How to become a foster parent: What you need to know (part 2)

Part one of this series on how to become a foster parent covers the big picture—what is CPS, what is foster care, what you will need to do, etc....
How to become a foster parent: What you need to know (Part 1)

How to become a foster parent: What you need to know (Part 1)

Foster care has been in the news regularly over the past several months due to a severe shortage of licensed homes. To many people, the foster care...
Gold medalist’s story sheds light on impact of kinship care

Gold medalist’s story sheds light on impact of kinship care

Record-setting gymnast Simone Biles’ domination and prowess in the gym has rightfully landed her in the national spotlight, but her personal journey...
A full house: Odessa couple adopts boy, sibling group of four and opens home to more children in care

A full house: Odessa couple adopts boy, sibling group of four and opens home to more children in care

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6 ways to support foster and adoptive families in your church or community

6 ways to support foster and adoptive families in your church or community

“We want to serve children in need here in our community, especially kids who don’t have homes, but we just don’t feel ready to adopt.” ...

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