SAN ANTONIO – Foster and adoptive families in San Antonio received a special treat last week, celebrating Christmas together at BCFS Health and Human Services’ Cookies with Santa event. More than 120 children and caregivers gathered on Thursday, December 17 for the two and a half-hour event, which was organized for children and youth placed in foster and adoptive homes by BCFS. The office was transformed into the North Pole for the evening as families mingled, enjoyed pizza and cookies, and took photos with jolly old St. Nick.
Prior to the event, BCFS Health and Human Services staff asked each child in care what they would like for Christmas. Then, during their meeting with Santa, each child received the gift they had requested: from dolls to soccer balls, and everything in between. Efrén Alvarado, Training Coordinator for BCFS’ Foster Care and Adoption, played the role of Santa Claus for the evening.
“Many of the children we place in foster and adoptive homes have experienced trauma and hardships in the past,” said Alvarado. “We connect them to loving, supportive homes, whether they are permanent or temporary. Christmastime is a wonderful opportunity to show each child they are special, they are treasured, in a way some of them have never experienced. I’ll never forget the joy on their faces when they opened their gifts.”
Each year in Texas, thousands of children enter foster care through no fault of their own, often due to abuse, neglect or other issues that endanger their safety. These children, like all others, deserve a loving and supportive home, and BCFS Health and Human Services is proud to offer foster care and adoption services throughout Bexar County, matching caring adults with children who need a home and helping potential adoptive parents navigate the adoption process.
If you or someone you know is thinking about growing their family through foster care or adoption and would like more information, visit DiscoverBCFS.net or call (210) 208-5629.
BCFS is a global system of health and human service non-profit organizations with locations and programs throughout the United States as well as Eastern Europe, Latin America, Asia and Africa. The organization is a national leader in medical sheltering and emergency management and response, providing critical emergency support services to federal, state and local governments. BCFS also provides residential services and emergency shelters for children who are abused or neglected; assisted living services and vocational training for adults with intellectual disabilities; mental health services for children and families, foster care and adoption services; medical services; early education; transitional living services for youth who are at-risk and those in the juvenile justice system; residential camping and retreats for children and families; and international humanitarian aid for children living in impoverished conditions in developing countries.