If you ask me about the core reason Buckner exists today I would say: “Buckner builds families.” We build families for children through foster care, adoption, and family strengthening programs. For seniors, we provide life planned communities where they belong to a larger family of senior adults. Buckner builds families through…
Foster Care. If a child has been removed from his or her biological family due to abuse, abandonment, or neglect, Buckner works diligently to find a foster family as a safe and healthy environment where children can prosper and develop even if the stay is only temporary. There are about 6,000 in need of foster care in Texas. In 2017, Buckner provided foster placements for nearly 1,000 children.
Adoption. If parental rights have been terminated for a child in Texas, Buckner seeks “forever families” for these children, because we believe every child has a right to a healthy family. We provide domestic adoption through the Waiting Children Texas Program, the foster-to-adopt program, and through domestic infant adoptions, should a young mother feel that adoption is in the child’s best interest. In 2017, we placed about 120 children in “forever families.”
Family Strengthening. We build families that are struggling in two ways. First, we provide a program called Family Pathways. This program provides a safe place for single parents, normally single mothers, to recover from abuse or economic hardship, to obtain an education, learn life skills, earn a college degree, a sustainable occupation, and break the cycles of pain and poverty. The second way we strengthen families is through Family Hope Centers. These centers focus on customized solutions to help struggling families get stronger relationally, economically, spiritually, and socially. They learn how to be exceptional parents, how to set goals, how to become competitive in the marketplace, and how to sustain themselves economically.
Life Planned Communities. Buckner operates five life-planned communities in Texas where senior adults have the opportunity to retire with dignity and respect in a place they can call home. Our staff who serve them see their work as a calling.
We do our work with a focus on life transformation and we see it happen every day, every week, every year. Some of the most incredible stories of life transformation come across my desk every day. You can read about these stories on our blog at www.buckner.org. You will read about incredibly selfless foster families, who open their homes for a child needing a safe place to call home. You will read unbelievable stories of families who have become adoptive families making room for one or more children in their homes. You will learn about single moms who are developing new lives from difficult circumstances and you will read about families that are being lifted out of their circumstances to step into the life they only dreamed possible. We want to help you build families with your gifts, abilities, talents and resources. But what kind of families are we talking about? I will answer that in my next blog, next week.