Right now, a child without a family hopes and prays for the day they can be a part of a loving home. There are currently 30,000 children living in foster homes right here in Texas. Many of these children are at-risk, having been removed from their homes for abuse or neglect.
Since its inception in 1879, Buckner Children and Family Services has answered the needs of these children. Today, their services are on a global level as they provide aid, foster care, and adoption services worldwide, and support programs for children living in orphanages in other countries. Simply put, Buckner seeks to make life better for orphans, at-risk children, and families.
Locke and Kara Curfman understand firsthand the needs and concerns of these special children. Mrs. Curfman was placed for adoption through Buckner after her birth in San Antonio, Texas. Now serving as foster parents, they, along with their three birth children Caleb, 14, Caroline, 10, and Colin, 7, provide a safe, secure, and nurturing home for two foster infants.
“We, as a family, contribute to the future of not only the child, but to the community where the child will eventually be engaged as a productive member of society,” Mr. Curfman said.
In addition to serving as a foster father, Mr. Curfman is also a foster/adopt advocate for Buckner. He is a member of Business Network International and serves as education director for that organization. Originally from Lafayette, Louisiana, Mr. Curfman graduated from St Thomas More High School in Lafayette. He earned his bachelor’s degree in psychology from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and his master’s degree in counseling from Amberton University in Garland, Texas.
Mrs. Curfman’s adoptive family moved to Tyler when she was seven years old and she graduated from Robert E. Lee High School. She attended Tyler Junior College and Southern Methodist University and earned bachelor’s degrees in both vocal performance and music education. As an active community volunteer, Mrs. Curfman is a member of the Junior League of Longview, Hudson PEP Parent Teacher Association, and the Christian Home Educator’s Coalition. She also volunteers with Habitat for Humanity, ArtsView Children’s Theatre, Longview Community Theatre, and the Tyler Cattle Barons’ Gala in support of the American Cancer Society.
Locke and Kara Curfman have been married 19 years and the family moved from Tyler to Longview nine years ago. They attend Fellowship Bible Church, where Mr. Curfman is a Deacon and a Bible Studies instructor.
“Longview is all about family and friends,” Mrs. Curfman said. “The people here care about their neighbors and those around them. I’m amazed at the many selfless acts I see from people of all walks of life.”
On July 16 and 17, Texas Bank and Trust will hold the 11th Annual Sporting Clays Challenge at Praire Creek Ranch. This event benefits Buckner Children and Family Services of Northeast Texas and is their largest fundraiser of the year. The money raised goes back into the local community to meet the needs of children and families through foster care and adoption, counseling provided at the Buckner Counseling Center, and services provided at the Mission Center.
“Volunteerism is essential so that you step out of your world to see the needs of others. With Buckner, this is a daily commitment for our entire family,” Mrs. Curfman said.