Mineral Wells Area News

Palo Pinto County Needs Foster Families, Recruitment Event Planned

Palo Pinto County Needs Foster Families, Recruitment Event Planned
December 03
12:07 2021

HighRidge Church Mineral Wells is hosting a Hope(Local) BRAVE event on Monday December 6th from 6:00p to 7:30p.

The purpose of the event is to help people “find their fit” in serving vulnerable kids and families. We’ll spend some time discussing the current state of Child Welfare in Palo Pinto County then show some practical ways for people to get involved. Most people would be happy to help if they just knew how. Our hope is to help people find their fit.

Reps from several different agencies and non-profits will be in attendance to answer questions and help people get signed up to serve. Child Placement Agencies Buckner, Kids First, ACH, TBHC, CK Family Services, and Arrow will be there to answer questions for people interested in fostering or adopting. Hope, Inc, Mineral Wells Center of Life, and CASA will be there to give information about how to get involved in their areas of influence.

Dinner will be provided. There is no childcare available but children are welcome. There is no cost to attend, but we are asking everyone to register so that we can be prepared with the right amount of food. People can click here to Register to attend

Hope Local’s primary goals is to recruit foster families. That’s the biggest need in child welfare today.

“In mid-October there were only 18 active licensed foster families in Palo Pinto County and more than 40 kids in the system. This means that lots of those kids have to be placed out of county. Organizers would never exclude anyone, but messaging comes from a Christian perspective. I believe the church has disconnected from one of the primary functions of our faith. I really believe if we can get the Church to engage we can bring some health to the system. Again, this isn’t exclusionary. If you’re not a Christian, the info will almost certainly still be useful, but I like to be clear about the things I’m communicating,” said Hope Local Director Mark Reidland.