Buckner’s Children and Family Services will be hosting its first-ever Weatherford, “Be a Family” foster care and adoption meeting.Members of the the Rotary Club of Weatherford were told of the event - which will take place from 2 p.m. - 4 p.m. Sept. 15 at Lake Shore Baptist Church located at 200 Lake Shore Drive - by spokeswoman Courtney Drew.Lauri Ann Hanson, Buckner’s marketing and media relations coordinator, said the reason for the meeting was brought about due to the great disparity between the number of homes available and the number of children in need of a safe and loving family.“A Buckner representative will give an overview of foster care and adoption options in Texas, including foster-to-adopt, Waiting Texas Children and domestic infant adoption programs,” Hanson said. She said international adoption options through Buckner’s affiliate Dillon International, will also be discussed.Statistically, this past January through May, Parker County had 37 openings in foster homes, however 67 children had been removed from their homes and were in need of a place to live. “If possible, we prefer to keep children in their home county because it helps them to maintain connections with what is familiar - schools, sporting teams, healthy family member,” Hanson added.She said they welcome anyone who is interested in either fostering or adopting no matter where they are in the decision-making process. “We know that becoming a foster or adoptive parent is a life-changing decision that is not made quickly so we would like to offer ourselves as a resource for families interested in learning more about foster care and adoption,” she said.Hanson said Buckner is always open to partnering with other organizations.“We always have volunteer opportunities available for individuals or other organizations who would like to get involved,” she added. “Just last month in Arlington, Buckner and Texas Department of Family Protective Services hosted a life skills conference to empower foster teens aging out of care. We provided guest speakers, money management classes, trial job interviews, etc. Buckner is always looking for ways to partner with the community in an effort to make ourselves a recourse to the local children and families we serve.”John Thielepape, Director of Missions of the Parker Baptist Association, praises Buckner’s efforts.“R.C. Buckner began taking care of orphans in Dallas more than 130 years ago, and the Buckner organization continues his legacy today by being advocates for vulnerable children all over the world,” he said. “I have worked professionally with Buckner on several projects, but on a personal level they assisted my wife and I on the adoption of two children from Russia. They have been a blessing to our family, and I am excited that they are bringing their resources and expertise to this area to join with other groups that are already here to provide better care for children and families in need.”The meeting is free and for more information or a reservation to attend the meeting, call Sheree Scott at 214-319-3425 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. About Buckner International:Buckner International is a global, faith-based ministry dedicated to transforming the lives of orphans, vulnerable children, families and elders in the United States and around the world. Founded in 1879 in Dallas, today Buckner serves more than half a million people in 18 countries worldwide through a variety of programs designed to protect children and build strong families. About Buckner Children and Family Services:For more than 133 years, Buckner Children and Family Services has been transforming lives through hands-on ministry, serving the most vulnerable from the beginning to the ending of life. Buckner is one of the oldest and most unique faith-based social service organizations of its kind, serving more than 450,000 people each year in the United States and 18 countries worldwide.
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