2,500 kids in South Texas are in foster care. These children are often put in difficult situations when it comes to getting the things they need or want to lead normal lives. It can be even more difficult when a child ages out of the foster system and doesn’t have a support system.
That’s where the Foster Angels of South Texas come in.
"Through no fault of their own, these children are placed in situations no adult or child should live with," Leslie McClanahan, President of Foster Angels, said.
Foster Angels is a local non-profit that steps in when the state cannot provide something the child can use, whether it is a laptop for school, braces, driver’s education, or even a prom dresses.
Christina Tyler, who was placed in foster care at the age of 14 and has since aged out of the system, remembers fondly the moment she picked out her prom dress with the help of the Foster Angels.
"It made me feel good, that I can be a part of something that every high schooler normally is a part of and that I didn’t have to feel my dress isn’t good enough," Christina said.
Even though Christina has aged out, Foster Angels continue to support her by helping with college books, a laptop, and other expenses so she can succeed. The success of Christina and the other children in foster care is the ultimate reward for the Angels.
"The letters we get, the appreciation they show is so genuine and heartfelt and you realize it’s more than just a need," McClanahan said.
If you would like to donate to Foster Angels of South Texas or learn more, visit their website at http://fosterangelsstx.org/ .