Local foster care agencies appealing to empty parents and young church leaders for help

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BULVERDE, Texas – The number of calls to the state’s hotline to report child abuse declined early in the pandemic, but calls are beginning to pick up, local advocates say.

Lee Towell, a member of Community Bible Church Bulverde, leads the One to One Family Ministry, an adoption ministry in the church. They collect diapers, formula, and clothes, and something just writes them letters or gives them words of encouragement.

“There just aren’t enough people helping, volunteering, or even knowing how serious the problem is for these kids,” Towell said of the foster care system.

Having been a foster parent, Towell knows the hesitation that might hold some back, but she says there are other ways to support children.

“If you’re not in a position to foster onboarding, mentoring is a wonderful way to get involved,” she explained.

Tara Roussett, CEO of SJRC Texas, said there had been an outpouring of support, but the need was still great for teens.

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“We still need placements for high-acuity youth — youth who have dropped out of perhaps short-term psychiatric stays,” Roussett said. “Empty nests or people who maybe just have a heart and a passion for foster children – I’m thinking of youth group pastors, people who know how to work with teens or people who really need the most.”

SJRC Texas has partnered with other hospitality agencies to create, FosterTX.orga one-stop-shop for families inquiring about foster care to see which agency is right for them.

“It helps connect people to agencies and communities. Once they get that referral, the individual placement agency can work with the family and grow it, because every placement agency is different.

Although the outpouring of churches has helped immensely, she says the job is not done and she is calling for more to step in. Click here for more information at FosterTX.org.

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