A fostering and adoption meeting, sponsored by Azleway of Tyler is scheduled for 6 p.m. – 7 p.m. Thursday, April 27 at the Hub Coffee Shop at the Bethesda Church, 2401 South Main Street in Lindale, organizers said.
The Azleway Foundation has been fostering and preparing children in crisis for adoption since 1979. Each child coming to the agency is evaluated and placed in one of Azleway’s programs based on how the organization can best fit that child’s needs.
These evaluations are done through group housing, therapeutic group housing and direct foster care placement.
Magen Anderson of Azleway pointed out there isn’t as many foster homes in Smith County as the organization would like, which prompted scheduling the meeting in Lindale.
“The need is great (in Smith County) for foster homes,’’ she said. “As of now, we don’t have any homes in Lindale but it is such a family-friendly town that we are hoping that will change.’’
Not only is Lindale family-friendly, she said, but a servant’s heart is alive and well.
“There are a lot of mission oriented families there as well,’’ she said. “This is what we are looking for – those people who are led to foster care and do what their heart tells them to do.’’
Azleway hosts other monthly meetings and not long ago began reaching out to surrounding areas and cities.
The organization has offices in Humble, Corsicana, Nacogdoches and in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.
“Most people know from the (Azleway) Boy’s Ranch,’’ she said. “But each year we help more than 2,000 children find foster homes.
“What we want more than anything else is to have these children stay close to their hometowns because the more familiarity they have the better chance they will have to adjust.’’