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TLFC: Tender Loving Foster Care in Tyler

Foster mom Lois Williams gets a hug. (Photo by Jaime R. Carrero of the Tyler Morning Telegraph.)

Ask a foster parent “Why do you do it?” and the answer will almost always be the same, or a variation thereof: It’s a calling, a way to give love to the children who need it most.

Recently, reporter Melissa Crowe of the Tyler Morning Telegraph wrote a moving story that included an interview with Lois and Burnett Williams, Lutheran Social Services foster parents since 2002. Used to having “a houseful of kids,” the Tyler couple raised five of their own children before fostering the 25 kids who have since come and gone from their home.

Lois Williams just loves kids.”If I could adopt the whole world, I would. There are so many children out there hurting,” she said. Their story in the Tyler paper brings attention to the critical need for foster parents in East Texas (specifically Tyler, Longview, Athens, Canton, and Nacogdoches) but the shortage of foster homes is an existing challenge throughout Texas.

The foster home shortage is particularly critical for teens and sibling groups according to Shelley Reese, area director for LSS in Tyler.

Being a foster parent is all about loving the children in your care … and helping them be the best they can be. “You don’t have to go out and spend a fortune. Love doesn’t cost one dime,” Mrs. Williams said. Now, how can LSS clone Lois and Burnett Williams?


  1. Joel Simoneaux | July 5, 2010 at 5:46 am

    Would love to help w/ foster care.

    Thank you,
    Joel Simoneaux
    601 Boone Valley Dr.
    Round Rock, Tx.

    • Lonni Swanson | July 7, 2010 at 9:46 am

      Joel, thanks so much for your interest! Please call our main foster care number: 877-747-8110. Our state intake director will direct you from there…


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