Amarillo, TEXAS (KVII) — A non-profit organization in Amarillo provides support and encouragement for foster care children and their whole family.
Amarillo Angels has made a difference in hundreds of lives. Through their love-box program-- in the last two weeks, it has connected three new love box groups with foster parents and their foster children.
The love-box program was designed to help foster families through intentional giving, relationship building and mentorship, the overall goal for these three pillars.
“That consistent support, that building of relationships, that encouragement makes a huge difference for the family that fosters but most importantly for the children in foster care,” said president of Amarillo Angels, Gwen Hicks.
These love boxes carry basic everyday items that foster families might need along with a note of encouragement, but it is not just about the gift, the idea is to support the family.
“To know that there’s somebody else out there that has their back that’s outside of CPS, it’s so heartwarming to see that people have come forward that want to support fostering,” said Rebecca Robinson, Foster Adoptive Development Supervisor for Children’s Protective Services.
Robinson says one of the love-box groups was connected to a foster family who had a girl who was on Canyon's High School basketball team.
“They would go to the games with our foster parents and like just sit there and support her,” said Robinson.
Ultimately, it is about experiencing the joy of supporting these families and love box groups meet with them at least once a month, making a commitment of one full year.
“When we provide that, they feel like they can continue to foster longer, we support every person in the family with our love box groups, the parents, the biological and adopted children and the children in foster care because it’s a family unit,” said Robinson.
Additionally, CPS is searching for foster families and they are having an informational meeting next Tuesday at 7 p.m. Also, if interested in the love-box program contact firstname.lastname@example.org.