Tens of thousands of children enter into the state’s foster care system each year, each with their individual needs and struggles.
And for organizations like Children’s Hope CPA in Greenville, making sure that kids have a caring loving family to stay with during their time in foster care is a core mission.
The organization, which operates nationally, opened a local office in June 2014 with efforts led by Emma Casselton. Before she opened a local Children’s Hope child placing agency office in the area, Casselton worked for the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services.
Casselton said her career as a social worker gave her a deep understanding of the needs of families involved in foster care. Seeing a need in Hunt County, she used her experiences to open the agency.
“We started from scratch, and we’re still the only private child placing agency located in Hunt County,” Casselton said.
In Hunt County alone, Casselton said more than 200 children have been through the foster care system in the past year. For families that are willing to be temporary guardians for these children, Casselton and her team works to make sure that families and the facilities that will house foster children are up to the state’s standards and regulations.
The organization also offers continual training for foster parents, as well as relatives and kin of children who have been court ordered to be placed with a guardian who are not their biological parents.