Every month in El Paso, dozens of children are removed from abusive and neglectful homes. What happens to these children? They are placed in foster care. Foster care is considered to be a short-term placement until a long-term living situation can be arranged for the child.
Children, ranging in age from birth to age 18, enter the foster care system frightened, lonely, and dealing with the wounds of abuse, abandonment, and/or neglect. While they come from many different backgrounds, they have the same fears, hopes, dreams, and needs as any child. Foster placement stops the abuse cycle while the child heals.
Celebre la Familia – A Way to Help Foster Families
Celebre la Familia is an annual fundraiser to benefit the children in Lutheran Social Services’ Foster In Texas (FIT) program in El Paso. The event will take place Thursday, April 4th, at the Marriott El Paso Hotel from 5:30-9:00 p.m. Funds raised that night will go directly to support FIT foster families – helping provide hope for abused and neglected children while creating a support system for the true heroes, our foster parents.
Although the state Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) compensates foster parents for a small portion of each child’s care, there is still a very significant gap that must be covered through donated funds. School fees and supplies, clothing, medical supplies, psychiatric services, and specialized training are the “extras” that can add up and create a financial strain on foster families.
El Paso’s Foster Home Shortage
“The El Paso region is extremely short on foster homes,” according to Jose Alamillo, Area Director for FIT in El Paso. Alamillo says that right now, there are about 90 children in need of adoptive placement and there is a particularly high demand for foster homes that will take large sibling groups and Primary Medical Needs Children. “While foster parents come from all walks of life and circumstances, one thing they have in common is a dedication to the well-being of a child. Foster parents are the bridge to a more hopeful future,” Alamillo said. If you’re in the El Paso area and interested in becoming a foster parent, please contact Jose Alamillo at 915-598-5410.
Parade of Homes: Art Show by Local Artists
Celebre la Familia also features one of the most creative silent auctions you’ll ever see. El Paso’s premier artists create and contribute individual, one-dimensional wooden houses that become beautiful collector’s items the winners can proudly display. This year it is anticipated that there will be 80 of these unique and whimsical houses for the auction, all benefiting our FIT families. You can preview the houses online at www.FosterInTexas.org/CelebrelaFamilia.
Important Info About the Event:
When: Thursday, April 4, 2013, 5:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Where: Marriott El Paso Hotel, 1600 Airway Blvd. Complimentary parking at the Hotel
Reservations: Tickets are $30 per person and may be purchased online at FosterInTexas.org, or call Debblie Telles at 915-373-9220. Tickets will also be available at the door.
Cocktails & Dinner: 5:30 p.m.
Live Auction: begins 7 p.m.
Live music: by “2’s Company”
For additional information about Celebre la Familia, call Debbie Telles, Event Chairman: 915-373-9220.