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Lubbock Avalanche-Journal: Lubbock family sacrifices for foster kids

Foster care has become a family legacy for the Conner family in Lubbock, Texas.

Rickey Sr. and Hishia Conner have been full-time foster group home parents on the Buckner Children and Family Services campus in Lubbock, Texas, since 2006.

This past September, their adult son Rickey Jr. and his wife, Rose, moved into a Buckner foster group home next door to serve as foster parents alongside Rickey Sr. and Hishia.

“One day they said we should become foster parents and try it out,” said Rickey Jr. “We thought about and prayed and talked about it for a while. And one day my wife was just like, ‘let’s try it.’ We’ve been doing it since September and loving it.”

There are six "cottages" on the Buckner campus in Lubbock available for foster parents who wish to foster larger numbers of children. Currently only three of the six are filled.


“The purpose of that is foster care looks more like a family,” [said Shay Raygada, foster home developer with Buckner Children’s Home]. “This is family oriented and just being a foster family where they’re the parents. The children’s home was not more of an orphanage, but more like an organization. There was staff. We want these kids to have more of a normal “family” environment and a home. That gives more autonomy to the foster parents. But we encourage them, I mean, we encourage all of our parents to be a family to the children that are in their care — to be their own family.”

Click here to read the full story the Lubbock Avalanche-Journal wrote on this special foster family.






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