Buckner Lubbock raising awareness about large adoption need
The organization hopes to raise awareness by sharing stories like the Silvas family, who adopted three teenage boys early this week in Lubbock.
LUBBOCK, Texas (KCBD) - November is National Adoption Month and Buckner Lubbock is raising awareness about the large adoption need in Texas.
Today, Buckner is sharing the story of the Silvas family, who adopted three teenage boys this week.
On Monday, brothers Daniel, Noah, and Jacob were adopted by Armando and Kara Silvas after spending five years in foster care.
“I’m feeling really happy. It’s been a little over four years since we have had a proper family,” says one of the brothers.
Armando and Kara Silvas say, since meeting the boys, they have made wonderful memories.
“We’ve known the boys approximately three years. We met them as house parents and then brought them into our home approximately five months ago,” Kara Silvas said.
The boys say joining the Silvas family has been long awaited and anticipated.
“We finally get to be with them. We have known them for like two-and-a-half years. They have loved us a lot and it’s nice to have some family.”
Currently, more than 7,000 children in Texas are waiting to get adopted, 580 from right in our area.
Jennifer Petersen, Regional Director of Foster Care and Adoption for West Texas says the three biggest adoption needs in Texas are older kids, sibling groups, and children with therapeutic needs.
“The effort that goes into that, with any teen, is a lot, but so rewarding to see them thriving when they have suffered a lot of trauma in their lives.”
Petersen says it’s heartwarming to see the change adoption can make in a foster child’s life.
“Just the most amazing kids when they get that time and effort and love put into them.”
If you are interested in fostering or adoption, contact Buckner Lubbock. They host informational meetings two or three times a month.
You can register for more information at the Buckner website, here.
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