Foster care agency opens locations in Abilene and San Angelo

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A child placement agency that focuses on “forgotten children” now has an Abilene office.

A World for Children, a faith-based nonprofit organization with headquarters in Round Rock, recently opened two new offices — in Abilene and San Angelo — bringing its number of locations in Texas to 13.

The agency is licensed by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services to provide foster care for abused and neglected children, from birth to 18 years old. It also has a contract with TDFPS to provide adoption services.

Sharon Willis, a founder of A World for Children, said she considers her job a ministry “to serve the children, the forgotten children who truly are God’s very special children.”

Other AWFC offices in the Big Country include locations in Big Spring and Brownwood.

Willis said one of the goals of the state’s recent redesign of the foster care system is to keep children within a 25-mile radius of their hometown.

“Instead of (us) continuing to expand in Brownwood, we went ahead and opened offices in Abilene and San Angelo so we can better serve these children and meet the goal of the redesign,” Willis said.

The Abilene office at 1 Village Drive, Suite 102, currently has two employees, with another person being interviewed for an additional position. The local office is supported by AWFC’s Brownwood office, from which a clinical director, a regional director and a case management supervisor take turns traveling to Abilene.

People interested in becoming foster parents can visit their local office to speak with a representative. Certain state-mandated criteria must be met, and classes completed — along with an extensive background check.

Willis said the process of becoming a foster parent takes anywhere from 30 to 60 days, depending on the circumstance.

“We are very careful in where we place our children,” she said.

“For adoption, we have our families go through foster parenting before they become adoptive parents,” she said, “because we found out that the success rate is higher if everybody has lived together for a while and has gotten to know each other.”

Since its establishment in 1997, A World for Children has served more than 10,000 youngsters, Willis said.

“We’re currently serving 800 children across the state,” she added.

“To increase awareness of the impact of child abuse in the communities we serve,” the organization will conduct a 5K race, the “Run for Dreams,” on April 13 at Nelson Park, Willis said.

April is Child Abuse and Neglect Prevention Month.

Those interested in participating in the “Run for Dreams” can contact the Abilene office at 325-641-1055 or visit


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