One of the biggest changes to the foster care system in East Texas is underway: privatization. “This transition does create challenges and there’s lots of need in our community,” said Smith County 321st District Court Judge Robert Wilson during the kickoff event for 4 Kids 4 Families at South Spring Baptist Church in Tyler.
For kids who enter the foster care system with siblings, it’s often their expectation they will be adopted as a unit. When this doesn’t happen, it’s a devastating blow to an already complicated journey for these children in waiting.
Activities like these are far and few between for the pair, since they’re now no longer cared for together in the Texas foster system. When we asked how often they’re able to see each other, they told us in unison, “about once a month.”
Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, you could find Janet Taylor, found of the BECOME Community, standing in front of a nearly empty booth spreading an important message about the foster care crisis in Texas.
Free, Live Stream Concert for Healthcare workers on Facebook and Instagram, led by Christian recording artist, Leeland, featuring “Way Maker,” the viral hit inspiring healthcare workers across the nation.
For Alex, 15, every day is an adventure. "He's just such a good boy," said Alex's foster mother Yvonne Dixon. "I got him when he was 7 years old." Dixon's role as Alex's caretaker has been especially important for his health.