Following the second installment of its $95,700 donation pledge for 2022, the Beaumont Foundation of America (BFA) surpassed $2 million in total gifts to Buckner Children and Family Services to serve Texas children in foster care. The 16-year contribution total to Buckner is $2,042,100.
Each year since 2007, BFA donates to Buckner specifically for the purposes of purchasing new clothes for children in foster care across the state. The annual gift supports an average of 315 children each year. Through 2021, the total children supported by the donation is 11,108.
Buckner offers foster care and adoption services in Southeast Texas, North Texas, Amarillo, Lubbock, Midland, Longview, Lufkin and the Rio Grande Valley.
BFA’s annual donation is distributed to families with foster children in these areas several times a year to help them purchase new clothing. The gift also provides new clothes for children who have first entered the foster care system with few belongings to their name.
“Our longtime relationship with the Beaumont Foundation has impacted the lives of so many children across the state,” said Debbie Sceroler, senior director of domestic foster care and adoption for Buckner.
“These are often children experiencing various forms of trauma who need all the love and support they can get. The gift of new clothing is a simple way to show each child they are valued and there are people who want to see them succeed. Thank you to the Beaumont Foundation for continuing to make that happen all these years.”
With approximately 30,000 children in foster care in Texas each year, there is a growing need for these children to be provided with necessities such as clothing.
The primary goal of foster care is always reunification with the family of origin, but if that is not possible, Buckner looks at the possibility of a kinship care placement and then turns to the community. Buckner is dedicated to finding families for children rather than finding children for families.