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					                                                                                       Buckner Benevolence Programs




Dallas-Headquarters
5200 S. Buckner Blvd.
Dallas, Texas 75227
214.328.3141

The foster care program of Buckner provides a unique opportunity for a family to share their home with a child who is temporarily in
need of a home. Pre-school age children in need of out-of-home placement are routinely considered for foster care. School age
children who are open to the level of intimacy required to live in a family setting and whose behavior is such that they can be cared
for in a less restrictive setting are appropriate for foster care. Foster children range in ages from birth to 17 years of age.

Mission Statement:
Foster Care is not a lifetime of commitment to a child; rather it is a commitment to be meaningful in a child’s lifetime.

Need for Services:
There are many reasons why children sometimes need to live away from their family of origin:
•       Family crisis due to lost of job, illness, incarceration or personal emotional needs
•       Crisis related to alcoholism or drug dependency
•       History of family abuse or neglect
•       A history of family conflict and an unwillingness or inability to resolve issues

Buckner is not able to provide care to children who:
•      Demonstrate unmanageable behavior problems
•      Are a threat to self or others
•      Require 24-hour nursing care and special medical procedures to sustain life
•      Are chemically dependent

Services Provided:
Buckner staff develops an individualized plan of service or treatment plan for each child that addresses the following areas:
•       Physical/medical/development
•       Family
•       Educational
•       Social
•       Emotional/psychological/spiritual
•       Behavioral
•       Independent living skills
•       Recreational

Type of Foster Homes:
Buckner is equipped to admit children on both an emergency basis and a planned admission referral process. Emergency admission
of children is limited to those children needing placement because they are in a danger or have been abandoned and adequate
shelter and appropriate supervision is unavailable. All other admissions will be conducted through a planned admission process
including an admission assessment and development of a plan of service or treatment plan according to the timeframes required by
minimum standards.

•        Respite Foster Homes provide relief-care to children in placement with other foster families on weekends or during vacation
periods.
•        Emergency Foster Homes provide short-term shelter care
•        Basic Foster Care Homes provide care for children who can function without the need of support services such as
counseling, special education etc.
•        Therapeutic Foster Homes provided care for children who need support services such as counseling, special education, etc.
•        Habilitative Foster Homes provide care for children who are mentally challenged or medically fragile
•        Transitional Foster Homes provide care for children awaiting placement in an adoptive family

Except in an emergency placement, children are admitted for care only after the parent or managing conservator has completed an
application for admission and provided required documentation; i.e., physical examination report, immunization records, birth
certificate, school records, copy of court orders regarding custody, social security cared, and a copy of a psychological or psychiatric
evaluations (if applicable).

Foster Care Initial Screening Policies:

•        Have an interesting working with types of children Buckner serves
    •        Be interested in providing temporary care for children
    •        If the inquiry includes a couple, they must be legally married for at least two years
    •        The applicant/applicants must be at least 21 years of age
    •        The applicant/applicants must be active members of a Christian churches

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    •        The applicant/applicants must have a high school diploma, G.E.D. or be able to demonstrate skill level in reading,
             writing, handling basic mathematics, and being able to learn from an academic setting
    •        The applicant/applicants must have access to transportation. If personal transportation is used, the applicant must
             provide Buckner with proof of liability insurance

    If the inquiring applicant/applicants meet all o the aforementioned criteria, a foster care packet or information is provided to the
    individual or family. The packet includes:

    •        An application with listing of references
    •        A copy of the Buckner Foster Care Policies
    •        A listing of needed documents: TB testing, pet vaccination, health and fire inspections, a floor plan of home, and
             information for a criminal background or reason-to-believe finding a child abuse check
    •        Other documents may be requested in the course of the foster home study such as: birth certificates, marriage
             certificate, military discharges, etc.

    Buckner has adopted the Foster Care P.R.I.D.E. curriculum (Parent Resources for Information, Development and Education)
    developed by Child Welfare League of America as the orientation and assessment model for foster parent applicants. In
    addition, other orientation and training materials may be made available and identified separately from the P.R.I.D.E. material
    based on the specialized needs of the children Buckner serves. All applicants for foster care must participate in nine modules of
    the assessment process and mandate by the Minimum Standards for Child Placing Agencies.




Southeast Texas Division
Pam Mingle--Director
9055 Manion Drive
Beaumont, Texas 77706
409.866.0976

Buckner Foster Care Program provides family car for abused or neglected children and teenagers; specialized therapeutic homes for
child abuse victims suffering from emotional and behavioral problems; and temporary care for children and teens whose parents are
suffering serious health or financial difficulties.

Buckner Foster Parents                                         Buckner Foster Children
•      Receive orientation to the program                      •      Range in age from 0-17
•      Participate in on-going training                        •      Need security, guidance and structure in their lives
•      Attend quarterly meetings with professional staff
•      Receive support services for the child                  •        Require love, nurturing and attention
•      Receive monthly reimbursement to help
       cover the added expenses of each foster child




Longview
1121 Judson Road
Suite 184A
Longview, Texas 75601
903.757.9383
1.800.329.5494

Foster & Adoptive Parents are…
    •      Interested in providing temporary care for children. Or, in the case of adoption, providing a “forever family” for
           children
    •      Single or married
    •      At least 23 years of age
    •      Able to financially support the family
    •      Able to support a child’s spiritual needs
    •      Supported through ongoing training, home visits, financial compensation for foster children, and on-call support

The Licensing Process…
    •       Complete application & background checks
    •       Submit letters of recommendation
    •       PRIDE pre-service training
    •       Adoption seminar (if interested in adoption)
    •       Completion of requisite certification courses (CPR & first aid, Physical Restraint, and psychotropic medication training)
    •       Home study



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Children…
    •        Come in all ages, races, and either sex
    •        Have suffered abuse or neglect
    •        Need security, guidance, & structure in their lives
    •        Need to live away from their family-of-origin, temporarily
    •        Are working towards a plan for permanency
    •        Are referred to Buckner through CPS or individual families

Types of Foster Homes…
   •        Respite Homes provide relief care to children in placement with other foster families on weekends or during vacation
            periods
   •        Basic Care Homes provide care for children who can function with minimal need for support services, such as
            counseling, special education, etc.
   •        Therapeutic Homes provide care for children who need significant emotional and/or physical support, often through
            professional services.



Lubbock
129 Brentwood Avenue
Lubbock, Texas 79416-1601
806-795-7151

Mission Statement:
Foster care is not a lifetime commitment to a child; rather, it is a commitment to be meaningful in a child’s lifetime.

Buckner Foster Care Provides:
   •       Family care for abused or neglected children and teenagers
   •       Specialized therapeutic homes for child abuse victims with emotional and behavioral problems
   •       Temporary care for children and teenagers whose parents are suffering serious health or financial difficulties


Foster Children
    •       Range in age from birth –17
    •       Need security, guidance and structure in their lives
    •       Require love, support, nurturing and attention

Foster Parents
    •      Are emotionally and financially secure
    •      Adhere to Christian principles
    •      Work as team members to meet the needs of foster children
    •      Possess at least a high school diploma or GED
    •      Participate in orientation and engage in on-going training
    •      Receive monthly reimbursement to help cover the added expenses of each foster child


     Buckner Foster Care is a department of Buckner Children and Family Services in Lubbock, which is dedicated to the healing and
restoration of children and families.

As part of the statewide ministry of Buckner Baptist Benevolences, the largest social service ministry of its kind in the nation,
Buckner serves the entire West Texas area through services such as foster care, after school programs, and parenting classes.




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