About Us

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Who We Are

Foster Love Bell County is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit based out of Belton, TX. We’re made up of real people just like you who want to make a real difference in the lives of the Bell County child welfare system. We’re moms and dads, bosses and employees, city slickers and country folk— people who grew up right here and across the country. Let’s show Bell Country that home is where the heart is.

Our Mission

Foster Love Bell County exists to raise awareness and mobilize the community to care for those in the child welfare system. We believe everyone in the community can have a role to play in strengthening biological families and supporting foster/kinship families and case workers.

 

What We Do

Life at FLBC is action packed! To understand what we mean, here’s a quick snapshot from the first 6 months of 2019. During that time alone, we…

  • led 4 training workshops for foster/adoptive/kinship families,

  • ran a week-long caseworker appreciation week,

  • held a Foster Fest designed for foster children and their families,

  • identified and honored 6 different individuals in our community with our "Love of the Month" award, and

  • our Facebook community allowed dozens of families all over our community to acquire other items such as strollers, car seats and beds.

Our latest project, the Foster Love House, is a multi-resource center designed to meet many of the gaps happening within our community. We provide shower facilities, conference rooms, laundry facilities, a kitchen with snacks and drinks, a play room, sensory nook, supply closet and bedrooms for children that have to wait overnight for a placement.

Within just 4 months of opening, the impact was already clear:

  • 22 children found shelter under our roof and had their immediate needs met.

  • Nearly 75 more children and families were provided with physical supplies and clothing.

  • Our conference rooms have been busy, hosting over 20 conferences.

None of this would have been possible without you. Our community is the life blood of Foster Love Bell County. Without your direct partnership in supplying funding, donated items and volunteering, we could not exist!

 
 

Meet Our Director

 
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Candace Cartwright

Foster Love was founded in the winter of 2016 after Candace and her husband Tim had their first foster placement arrive with all of his belongings in a trash bag. Wanting to make others aware, and give back in a practical way, she created a bag project that snowballed into a non-profit. She is a CASA advocate, a former foster parent who has adopted from the foster care system and someone who has a strong desire to serve her community. She lives in Temple with her 4 active children and husband who is a pastor at Temple Bible Church. Her passions include foster children, caseworkers, special needs kiddos, reading and sweet tea.

 
 

The Foster Love House

About the Foster Love House

This property, conveniently located near the Belton courthouse and several other partner organizations, is a multi-resource facility that contains conference spaces, shower facilities, a resource closet, play room, sensory room, kitchen, laundry room, kitchen, laundry room, and two bedrooms. The goal of the house is to provide and meet the vital needs of families and children coming into care by providing a fun, safe, comfortable environment in the middle of what can be such a traumatic time in their lives.

The Love Closet

Many children entering foster care come with a few belongings, if any. Foster Love Bell County hopes to alleviate some of these emergent needs for foster or kinship families with our Love Closet. This closet holds items such as diapers, wipes, PJs, lice kits, toiletry items and more. We hope these items will help in the transition of the children in crisis and those caring for them.