Week in Review – October 30

Oct 30, 2020

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

Week in Review - October 30

When Alissa Campos was 9 years old, she and her younger sister were removed from their mother’s care and placed in the home of their great aunt in Midland, Texas. Alissa was old enough to know her mother wasn’t doing well and she spent the rest of her childhood angry at her for not taking the necessary steps to rectify the situation.

2. Buckner Project HOPES receives national recognition as a Blue Ribbon Affiliate

Being named a Blue Ribbon Affiliate affirms that Buckner Project HOPES is high-quality member of the home visiting field, implementing the evidence-based Parents as Teachers model with fidelity. Families in the Longview and East Texas community are positively impacted by the services delivered by this program. 

3. The forgotten children of Texas

Texas placed 3,700 foster children in institutional settings, which include residential treatment centers, last year, federal data show. In all, 12 percent of Texas foster youth live in such places, as opposed to the preferred options, dictated by both best practices and federal law—with relatives, or, if that’s not possible, foster parents. Other states have greatly reduced the use of RTCs because of bad outcomes, but Texas continues to increase its reliance on the facilities. 

4. ‘Finding Forever Families’ – Meet Esteban

Week in Review - October 30

Esteban is helpful, loving and affectionate. He especially loves cowboys and dressing up like one, with a cowboy hat, boots and a western belt buckle! Esteban is looking for a forever family that can provide love, patience, consistency, and structure.

5. $2.2 million HUD grant funds 2-year projects to help homeless youth in Waco area

The Heart of Texas Homeless Coalition received a $2.23 million grant from the U.S. Housing and Urban Development Department to develop and implement projects and strategies over the next two years to help homeless youth under age 25 secure housing. It was one of eight rural communities in the country selected by the department to be part of this grant, according to a press release.

6. Falling Seed: Practical ways churches can care for orphans and foster kids

National Adoption Month is an initiative of the Children’s Bureau to increase national awareness of the need for permanent families for children and youth in the United States foster care system.

Two important and powerful days are included in this month. Stand Sunday, Nov. 8, is a single day when Christian churches around the world stand for orphans and children in foster care and take action. On Nov. 21, the Saturday before Thanksgiving—National Adoption Day—courts in cities around the United States open their doors specifically to finalize legally and celebrate adoptions through the foster system.

7. Denton nonprofit sees 30% increase in child abuse, neglect

The Court Appointed Special Advocates for Children of Denton County is reporting a significant increase in local cases of child abuse and neglect since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic. “It’s clear to us that some children were suffering in silence, hidden behind closed doors as communities and cities were shut down,” Executive Director, Debbie Jensen, said.

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