From the Longview Paper:
” losing a parent as a child is significant trauma, and then you compound that trauma with the effect that COVID has had on our society. It’s just overwhelming for a child that has experienced the loss of a parent….
…Buckner Family Home Centers are “child-centered, family-focused places where families go to find hope, support and empowerment in their community to reach their fullest God-given potential… Programs offered through the center utilize education, financial empowerment and child and youth development…Kinship foster care and placement focuses on trying to keep children with biological family with the hope of possible future reunification. Family Hope Centers offer services and training to help strengthen families with a goal to keep them together…….Department of Family and Protective Services data show that in August more than 960 children were in foster care in its 23-county Region 4 in Northeast Texas. There were also 791 children in kinship care. The numbers show more than 1,850 children were removed and placed with people who are not their parents….Region 4 covers Gregg, Smith, Harrison, Upshur, Panola, Rusk, Cherokee, Anderson, Henderson, Van Zandt, Raines, Wood, Hopkins, Delta, Lamar, Red River, Franklin, Camp, Titus, Morris, Marion, Cass and Bowie counties….”
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