EARLY, Texas - On Friday, Caring Family Network (CFN) members prepared for their traditional Christmas party for foster families.
CFN is an agency for foster care and adoption.
CFN foster care supervisor Melissa Espinoza said this was a way to give back and to help ease the stress of holidays.
"You can imagine having a home full of kids and then taking in additional kids, so the holidays can sometimes be stressful," Espinoza said. "It's a tough time of the year for a lot of the kiddos...it reminds them of the family that they're not getting to be with at this time."
There will be activities for the kids to enjoy such as ornament crafts, a hot chocolate bar and Christmas movies. Santa Claus will be there for pictures. Everyone will also receive gifts, which according to Espinoza, were either donated by various organizations and businesses or purchased with money earned from fundraisers.
"They purchase Christmas gifts for the foster kids as well as the biological kids living in the home so nobody feels left out and the kid will be guaranteed a merry Christmas, at least on the gifts end of it," foster parent Leland Acker said.
Acker is very familiar with CFN's services and said this event helps give everyone a sense of normalcy.
Espinoza said there are currently 60 kids placed in the network. Ages range from as young as 4 months old to 18 years old.
The Christmas party will be held tomorrow from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at CFN's center, located at 114 Early Blvd. by Humphrey Pete's restaurant.
For more information about CFN, visit their website here.