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4Kids of South Texas

It usually surprises people when they hear for the first time that we have an orphan problem right here in the most affluent country in the world. The US has half a million orphans living in some form of foster care (Child Protective Services has deemed their parents/caregiver currently unsuitable, due to confirmed abuse, neglect or abandonment, to care for their children). South Texas is no exception. In 2013 San Antonio (Region 8) confirmed 8,397 abuse and neglect victims which resulted in children needing safe, loving homes to help them heal, thrive and break generational patterns whether short term or forever. Sadly, due to a lack of quality foster homes many children are housed in group homes, shelters or other institutional settings. For most children healing occurs best in a family setting. Vital pathways in the brain are formed through normal family interactions creating the capacity for children to attach, develop physically, emotionally and cognitively. At 4 Kids we seek to not only provide safe, loving homes but also introduce children and if possible their birth families to the love of Christ. Darkness has permeated this segment of our community for far to long and we seek to engage the church at large to step out in faith and reclaim the youngest most vulnerable victims and give them the hope of Christ.

4 Kids of South Texas is proud to be an affiliate of our South Florida partner. They are 17 year veterans in the christian foster care industry and have seen amazing results in the church, families, children, their community and even the state family protective service. They provide a continuum of care to serve infants to young adults in the foster system. We will begin with developing skilled foster homes through excellent training and support services. We are excited to have several active church partners (Grace Point, Oak Hills, 19:10 church, Northside Church of Christ, Church Hill Baptist) eagerly awaiting our first training session slated for fall of 2014. We are unique from other foster agencies in that we will not rely solely on state funding to provide for our foster families and the children they serve and thus will be able to provide a higher more comprehensive quality of care and service. This also gives us the freedom to license quality homes only and place children that the home will best serve rather than need a quota of families and children in beds to make our budget. Asking families to take children who they are not trained or equipped to handle unfortunately results in additional trauma for the child and extreme stress for the foster family.

We are a group of church leaders with decades of foster care experience training solid Christians within local churches to care for the least of these right here in our community with a proven model and seek to educate the church body at large how to engage the foster system on many levels.

Funds raised through this and other avenues will go directly to 4Kids of South Texas families to provide the resources and training they need to care for children placed in their homes whether short term or forever.



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**AN IMPORTANT CLARIFICATION FROM ABBA FUND ABOUT YOUR DONATION**
Using the online form on this page automatically submits a request to preference your gift to the family profiled on this page as part of ABBA Fund’s Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund. ABBA Fund administers this fund and maintains full control and administration of all donated funds. We also strive to honor our donor’s preference requests in accordance with IRS and Evangelical Council for Financial Accountability (ECFA) guidelines.

As required by IRS regulations, any tax-deductible donation is made to the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) and not the individual (family) — otherwise it is a non-deductible gift and should be given directly to the family.

Every gift into the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund is helping reduce the financial burden of adoption for families that have qualified for support from ABBA Fund — including the family listed above in their online Family Adoption Fund profile.

The IRS allows donors to state a preference of how their contribution is used and request that the gift support a particular family — and it allows the charitable organization (ABBA Fund) to fully consider that request as long as the donor understands and acknowledges for charitably given tax-deductible gifts that the ultimate authority regarding the disposition of your gift is at the discretion of the charitable organization. By using this online form, or other method described above, you are acknowledging an understanding of those IRS guidelines.

ABBA Fund is grateful for each donation given to the Christian Family Adoption Grant Fund, and broad participation in the fund helps ensure that ABBA Fund is able to assist each approved family with the grant and loan funds preferenced to reduce the financial burden of their adoption.

ABBA Fund, a 501(c)(3) ministry, has provided more than $5.4 million in grants and interest-free loans to help 972 orphans become sons and daughters in loving, nurturing homes through assistance to 827 Christian families since 2004 (as of fall 2014) — with more adoptions being assisted every month.

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