This was so fun to put together! I was able to talk to agencies all over Texas, and make connections with them. Each and every one of them is doing so much for their community!
"May the Lord our God show us his approval and make our efforts successful. Yes, make our efforts successful!" Psalm 90:17
He truly has blessed these agencies, employees, and families. So how can we bless them in return? Glad you asked!
Local Christian agencies you can help (for more information about them, visit their websites):
Mission: Buckner International transforms the lives of vulnerable children, enriches the lives of senior adults and builds strong families through Christ-centered values.
Needs: Kits for local families - these kits are things they like to provide for foster families to help ease any difficulties in transition, especially if a child is a therapeutic placement. Types of kits: kinship kits, therapeutic kits, and sensory kits.
Here is a link to their Amazon Wishlist.
If you are in the Dallas area, here is a list of other opportunities for you help: For volunteer opportunities, all of them can be viewed by clicking here.
Specific opportunities include:
1. School Liaison - This volunteer position requires a background in education; Knowledge of SPED services; Ability to advocate for the child and/or foster parents; Click here for more information.
2. Community Connections Mentor - This volunteer position requires a background as a foster/adoptive parent; Ability to coordinate meetings between the foster child and their biological families; Click here for more information.
3. Pillar of Support - This position is for a group of 4 or more individuals who are willing to care for a foster family for a minimum of a year; Requirements have changed, so the posting gives a basic outline. For more updated requirements for this position, please email. Click here for basic information about this program.
Another way to get involved with Buckner is with your church! Click here to see how you can engage with families in your church and community or how you can partner with Buckner. Ideas include: one time needs (toothbrushes, clothes, etc.) and support groups for foster families (foster showers, baby showers, etc.).
Needs: Their agency does not have volunteer positions nor do they ask for donations.
They do want people be aware that agencies do exist that will help birth parents that are not able to financially or emotionally raise a child. So many children end up in the state foster system because the birth parent does not know that they can contact an agency that will attempt to locate a family. In doing so, they have more of a say in the placement and know that their child is with one specific family as opposed to the state foster system. If a birth mother tests positive for drugs at the time of giving birth, the State is automatically called and gets involved UNLESS the birth mother tells them they are working with an agency. Most people do not know that.
Other Christian Adoption Agencies in Texas
Here is a list of other agencies in Texas that didn't have a list or specifics at the time, but I believe are doing wonderful things! This is. short list of all the wonderful agencies out there. Not every agency will fit your specific needs, so check them out!
4Kids South Texas
Dallas/Fort Worth Area
Bair Foundation (also located in Tyler, San Antonio, Lubbock, Austin & Amarillo)
Life Tree Adoptions
If you know of other agencies, write them in the comments! We need to make sure agencies are at the forefront of our minds, because they are the ones in the trenches helping those in need. They need our support in any way we can give!
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