The Texas foster care system has been in headlines all over the state. There has been a shortage of foster families and an increase in the number of children removed, which means children are having to spend the night in CPS offices on makeshift beds while they wait for a safe place to go.

Buckner is a leading foster care and adoption agency in Texas and as Christians, we feel compelled to respond by bringing awareness to the issues, dispelling stigmas and giving tangible ways for you to help a hurting child who needs a warm bed and loving family. From babysitting to becoming a licensed foster care, there are so many ways to support foster children in your community. Find out how below!

Blog posts:

-How to become a foster parent: What you need to know (Part 1)
-I opened my door": South Texas foster mother heeds God's call to care for modern-day orphans
-What can I do?
-Foster care is in our DNA
-A broken system, a glimmer of hope
-How to become a foster parent: What you need to know (Part 2)
-Volunteer: Serve children in foster care so parents can continue caring for them
-The quiet need in foster care
-No one should have to live like that
-Be an advocate for hope: Why and how we must better support vulnerable children

Volunteer opportunities:

DALLAS
-Childcare for children while foster parents are in training (July 16) // Information & registration
-Hand out school supplies at annual Buckner Back-to-School Bash (Aug. 20) // Information & registration

Media:

-Austin American-Statesman: 67 Texas foster children slept in state offices in March and April
-The Baptist Standard: Statewide, children need Christian foster families
-ABC News: Texas, short on foster beds, shelters kids at state offices
-Dallas Morning News: Melissa family of 10 crams into 30-foot camper on yearlong road trip advocating for foster care

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