CONROE, Texas – Buckner officials opened a brand new foster care and adoption office donated by Alan and Jeanie Boehm, a local Conroe family, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony March 24.
The new office and program will serve foster and adoptive families in Montgomery County. The property, donated at the end of 2012, was in the Boehm family for generations.
“It makes my heart sing to see children playing here,” Jeanie Boehm said. “That was my hope for this place that is so full of memories for me. I want other children and families make memories here as well.”
Alan Boehm mentioned during the celebration that it was fitting for this property to be in Buckner’s hands: “Recently, I was reviewing some old accounting files. Jeanie’s grandmother was donating to Buckner throughout her life. Decades ago, this ministry was in her heart and mind. It was important to her.”
“We are honored that we have been given the opportunity to expand our services within the Conroe community,” said Greg Eubanks, Buckner area vice president for national operations. “To be a foster or adoptive parent, all we ask for is a willingness to be actively involved in a child’s life. At Buckner, we will train you, give you the resources you need and walk alongside you. You might not be a professional, but you could still be a great mom or dad to a child who desperately needs you.”
About 600,000 children in the United States live in foster homes. But there are thousands more children who need a caring foster family, said David Erickson, Buckner foster home developer and case manager.
“By becoming a Buckner foster parent, individuals can make a difference for children who have experienced a family crisis and trauma and may have a history of abuse, neglect or abandonment,” he said.
In addition to foster care, Buckner Family Place has been in Conroe since 2010 and provides single-parent families the opportunity to live in a safe, secure environment while completing educational or vocational goals and learning the necessary skills to become self-sufficient.
(Parts reprinted with permission from The Courier of Montgomery County)
For more information about foster care and adoption in the Conroe area, call 1-855-264-8783 or visit beafamily.org.
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