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Buckner foster camp is ‘the icing on the icing,’ says foster parent

Story and photography by Kelsey Buckner
Communications intern

Buckner foster and foster-to-adopt families from across Texas gathered at Camp Buckner in July to enjoy family time and create great family memories.Nearly 70 families arrived at the camp on two separate weekends. More than 500 individuals including staff, families, biological kids, foster kids and adoptive kids joined together to swim, fish, hike, craft and much more.

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Greg Eubanks, area vice president for national operations, said camperships – camp scholarships – are very important to these families. Without the support of donors, foster care and adoptive families would not be able to enjoy a much-needed excursion from busy schedules.

“In their Buckner families, foster kids are learning how to heal and how healthy families support one another,” Eubanks said. “Here at Camp Buckner, they have the opportunity to play, laugh, dance and experience the best that childhood has to offer.

“For our foster and adoptive families, our hope is that these extended weekends can be a restful and fun vacation combined with time to connect with other families who are walking the same path. I’m personally thankful to the many donors who provide scholarships for every last one of these children and families. Their dollars provide a priceless experience.”

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Fourth-year camp attendees Locke and Kara Curfman from Longview, Texas, expressed how grateful they are for the opportunity to venture off for a few days at no cost to them. The couple said Buckner “gets it” and goes above and beyond to support their family.

“To have our local and regional Buckner leaders here and be able to talk and interact with us is something you don’t get with anybody else,” Locke Curfman said. “They get it; they get what’s going on.”

The first year the Curfmans attended, they hoped the camp would not be expensive. When they found out Buckner donors make it possible for them to attend for free, they said they were in shock.

“Our friends can’t believe we get to go to a family camp at no cost to us,” Curfman said. “That’s just incredible.”

Laura Hill, another Longview foster-to-adopt parent, could not stop bragging about the service Buckner provides. She and her husband have two birth children and two adopted children, and she said no matter what the need, Buckner always goes the extra mile for her family.

“Buckner provides us a lot outside of Camp Buckner,” Hill said. “Camp Buckner is not even icing on the cake – it’s like the icing on the icing. It just cements that Buckner is the best agency to adopt through.”

For more information on how you can support Buckner Foster Camp, please contact Steve Massey at smassey@buckner.org or call 214-758-8158.

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