It takes a village. Your village.

Did you know there are more than 28,000 children in foster care in Texas? To care for these children, it truly takes a village. Whether you become a foster parent, support families by providing respite care, volunteer to help families in your community or give financially, everyone has a role to play in meeting the urgent needs of these children.

I’m ready to become a foster parent. What next?
We’re so glad you’re ready to take the next step in your journey to open your home to a child in need — whether for a time or forever. Take the next step by attending an information meeting in your area, or contact our team to learn more about the process.

I’m considering becoming a foster parent, but I’m not quite ready to become a full-time foster parent. However, I still want to help these children and their families. What can I do?
While we recognize not everyone is called to be a foster parent, everyone can help. One great way to help foster families is by becoming a respite care provider. Respite care providers provide relief care to foster families for longer than 72 hours, usually on weekends and vacations. This is an important service for foster families, as it helps prevent burnout and allows time for families to have date nights, attend to family emergencies or go on vacations planned before they received a new placement. Learn more about respite care from one of our respite families here.

I know a foster family in my neighborhood or at my church. I’m thankful for what they’re doing, and I want to help them. But how?
Start by simply asking them what they need! You could organize a meal train for families welcoming new placements, offer to help with yard work or volunteer to collect items they need for the children in their care such as clothing, diapers or school supplies. You can also give them a break – volunteer to babysit so parents can have a night out or watch the children while parents attending trainings. You could even gather a group of friends to be certified as respite care providers, so families can take a weekend to rest and recharge.

I don’t know any foster families personally, but I still want to support them as they care for these children. What can I do?
Visit to find opportunities to serve foster families at your local Buckner office. Opportunities include providing child care during foster parent trainings, helping host parties and more.

I don’t have a lot of extra time, but I still want to help. What should I do?
Another way you can help children in foster care is by making a gift to Buckner. While Buckner does receive funds for foster care from the state, those funds do not cover all the expenses incurred by foster families. By donating to Buckner to support foster families, you’re helping make sure families have access to all the services they need, including counseling, clothing assistance and more.

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