November is National Adoption Month and it is Buckner’s goal to help each and every child in the Texas find a loving family. That’s why Buckner is actively recruiting individuals and families to adopt children in need of a home.
[caption id="attachment_1669" align="alignright" width="200" caption="Corey Pepiton and his wife Lori adopted Heather, 5, through Buckner's foster-to-adopt program in Longview, Texas. "][/caption]
“There is a huge need for families to step forward to care for children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned in this state,” said JoAnn Cole, senior director of campuses and family ministries. “It is our priority to place children into loving families and to prevent them from facing an uncertain future.”
According to the Pew Charitable Trust, there were 1,368 children who aged out of the Texas foster care system in 2008 having never been placed with a permanent family.
• CPS investigated 165,010 allegations of abuse and neglect, ultimately removing 14,295 children from their biological families for their protection
• 70,589 Texas children were confirmed victims of child abuse/neglect
• 213 children died at the hands of their abuser
• 43,697 Texas children were placed into foster care
[caption id="attachment_1670" align="alignleft" width="250" caption="Sean and Barbara Smith from Lubbock, Texas have fostered dozens of children in their home and adopted three girls through the foster-to-adopt program -- Nancy, 13, Andrea, 11, and Chelsey, 9. They also have five adult children."][/caption]
Buckner Foster Care and Adoption provides Texas families with a number of ways to ‘be a family’ to a child in need, including foster care, foster-to-adoption, adoption of Texas Waiting Children and domestic infant adoption.
Dillon International, affiliated with Buckner, works with U.S. families to provide a home for children living in China, Korea, Haiti, India and Hong Kong; and in Ethiopia, Russia and Honduras through Buckner.