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Story and photo by Chelsea Quackenbush Daniel and Mandy Andrews were both at work when Buckner staff in Beaumont called to say their first foster care placement had arrived. The pair quickly left work, picked up their two daughters from school and met Mandy’s parents at the Buckner campus to ...
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By Shawn Spurrier Photo by Chelsea Quackenbush On any given Saturday afternoon, Dustin Haley can be found studying at a local coffee shop – blending in with many students doing the same. As any 22-year-old does, he loves running, being outdoors, watching movies and spending time with his friends. He ...
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By Lauren Hollon Sturdy Photo by Chelsea Quackenbush The tiny town of Seminole, Texas, is quite a trek from the Buckner office in Midland – about 65 miles each way. There’s not a lot to see in between, apart from miles of oil derricks, swaths of terracotta-colored earth and pale ...
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I just returned from a quick retreat to the Texas Hill Country with some of Buckner’s finest foster care and adoption staff. We were gathered to review our training curriculum for families who are considering life as foster or adoptive families. I can’t tell you how exciting it was to ...
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It’s hard to believe that we are officially less than a week away from Christmas! For those last-minute shoppers with foster or adoptive parents on your list, we have some ideas for you! (Or if YOU are a foster or adoptive parent and want to sneak in a gift for ...
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Cassidy Mack is an amazing young lady. I recently had the honor of becoming reacquainted with her almost 10 years after serving as her case manager in a Buckner foster home. Cassidy was adopted at age 6, and talks about the wonderful gift her adoptive family gave her – a ...
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When asked to wrap up National Adoption Month, I could think of no better way than to share some of our adoption stories from Buckner Children and Family Services in Midland. We are so very thankful for the 19 adoptions that have been finalized in Midland in 2013. We had ...
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DALLAS – Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott announced a $5,000 grant to be distributed to Buckner Adoption and Maternity Services to support its maternity counseling program. Buckner is one of 12 organizations chosen as a recipient of $46,000 total funds raised from the “Choose Life” specialty license plate sales, authorized ...
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Our friends at Empowered to Connect have a video series on their website entitled “What Every Adoptive Parent Should Know.” We have been highlighting one of these videos each month here on the Be A Family blog. We hope you and your family have benefitted from these valuable resources. This ...
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November is National Adoption Month, a time set aside for us to celebrate our children and the families who welcomed them into their homes and hearts. Perhaps you are considering adoption and contemplating whether your family is prepared to take the next step. This prospect may seem exciting, scary, or ...