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Permian Basin Giving Tree

Permian Basin Giving Tree

Every child deserves a Christmas to Remember.  It all started in the Fall of 2020. Due to COVID restrictions volunteers and even staff were not allowed to go into local Child Protective Services (CPS) offices. This presented a problem as CPS was gearing up for their...

Community Perspectives: A Disaster Plan

Community Perspectives: A Disaster Plan

In light of COVID-19 and our recent snowmaggedon, we’ve all found that being ready for disasters and the unexpected is vitally important – not only to ensure we aren’t without basic comforts during a storm or difficult time, but to make sure we simply survive when...

The Latest Crisis in Texas Foster Care

The Texas Foster Care Capacity Crisis and Its Solution This is part one of a two-part series about the ongoing capacity crisis in Texas foster care. Today's post will discuss the problem and its causes. The Texas foster care system is experiencing the worst capacity...

Community Perspectives: Broader Pictures

Broader Pictures by Rhett Lively What time I spent in college, I studied music and psychology.  At the time I dreamed of opening a clinic where a couple of friends of mine and I would work on the whole person’s needs – one the body, one the spirit, and I’d take...

We Need Local Homes for Foster Children

Local Foster Care Capacity The ability to serve children in our communities has always been an issue for us in West Texas. Region 9 - the 30-county administrative region comprising West Texas and stretching from Loving County to Mason County - ranked dead last in the...

Community-Based Care: The Model

Community-Based Care: The Model

On December 30, 2020, the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) announced that Region 9 — which includes Midland, Odessa, and San Angelo — would transition to a new system of foster care called Community-Based Care (CBC). This is the second in a...

Permian Basin CPS Giving Tree

Permian Basin CPS Giving Tree Permian Basin area non-profits One Accord for Kids and The Attic Foster Network have partnered with the Texas Department of Family & Protective Services (DFPS) to ensure local children in Child Protective Service (CPS) and foster care...

Week in Review – November 20

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - November 20, 2020 Here are some news items from this week related to foster care, adoption, and child welfare that caught my eye: 1. As COVID-19 Takes its Toll, Remember Kids in Foster Care (Commentary) Let's look at the...

Counting Our Blessings

Counting Our Blessings to Cover Our Fears By Rhett Lively In caring for twenty-one children, we’ve noticed several common themes in their hearts and minds as they’ve come into our home: Fear, worry, doubt, and a lack of the ability to hope. Early on, one of our...

Week in Review – November 13

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - November 13, 2020 Here are some news items from this week related to foster care, adoption, and child welfare that caught my eye: 1. El Paso church joins churches across the country for ‘Stand Sunday’ in support of foster...

Week in Review – November 6

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - November 6, 2020 It was a fairly light week for foster care in the news. It’s almost as if something else was dominating the news cycle this week. Nevertheless, here are some news items from this week related to foster...

Week in Review – October 30

Foster Care and Child Welfare Week in Review - October 30, 2020 Here are some news items from this week related to foster care, adoption, and child welfare that caught my eye: 1. Mother and daughter transformed by two Buckner programs When Alissa Campos was 9 years...