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The children and families we serve in the Rio Grande Valley have a face, and they have a name. Mario is a hardworking single father who lives with his four children in a tiny, broken down trailer with no roof. Abby is the oldest for seven siblings, working to help provide for her family because her mother is too ill to leave their house.

We offer a wide variety of services to children, families and single parents in the Rio Grande Valley with the goal of building the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in life and fulfill their God-given potential.

When you volunteer with Buckner in the Rio Grande Valley, you will meet people like Mario and Abby. You will minister to them and pray with them. Their stories will impact your soul. The Buckner ministry is unlike any other.

In the Rio Grande Valley, we provide:

Foster care and adoption

Buckner provides the training and resources needed to become a family to a child for a season through foster care or a forever family through domestic foster care or adoption. Children in these programs most often are referred through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services due to experiencing abuse, neglect or abandonment. Learn how you can change the life of a child through foster care and adoption by calling 956-585-4847.

Campus foster homes at Buckner Rio Grande Children's Home

Buckner Children's Home provides campus foster homes for children. Foster families live in Buckner-owned cottages, providing a consistent home environment for children who are in the state's custody and may have been abused, neglected or abandoned. 

Buckner Family Hope Center® locations in Peñitas and Donna

The Buckner Family Hope Center® is a child-centered, family-focused place where families go to find hope, support and empowerment in their community to reach their fullest God-given potential. The key to the success of the Family Hope Center is found in combining effective programs and passionate people to help families that are experiencing poverty, family issues and lack of services.

Our programs seek to engage through family assistance and community events; equip families through education, financial empowerment, child and youth development and spiritual development; elevate families through family coaching, counseling and spiritual enrichment. 

Want to know more? Call 956-519-3100 for more information.

Buckner National Missions and Humanitarian Aid

We offer opportunities for church, community and business groups to become involved inour work in the Rio Grande Valley. We work together to support the needs of our Family Hope Center with the gifts and talents of missions groups to help empower and strenghten those we serve. Our team provides group coordination services for a meaningful, transformational experience. Missions opportunities include home construction; youth camps; agricultural development; distribution of humanitarian aid; providing spiritual enrichment; parenting, job skills, business development or technology training to individuals and families. 

For more information, please call 956-583-2041.


The Buckner Family and Youth Success (FAYS) program in the Rio Grande Valley, formerly known as STAR, helps children and families in Brooks, Cameron, Hidalgo, Kenedy, and Willacy counties.
The Buckner FAYS program in RGV is funded through the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS). Learn more about this free service in Rio Grande Valley. To find out more, please call 956-668-0145.

Individuals and groups come from across the United States to work through Buckner in the Rio Grande Valley. Call 888-467-7426 to learn how you can help transform the lives of vulnerable children and families.

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