BOERNE, Texas – Law enforcement responds to calls every day where children have to be separated from parents or guardians. It could be domestic violence or drug calls, emergency CPS removals, or even DWI crashes.
While officers investigate, children at the scene are isolated and terrified.
So a young philanthropist, a local police department, and a state organization have teamed up to offer comfort to those children.
“The officers will be of course the first person there and we try to remove the kids as soon as possible so we can separate everybody,” said Boerne Police Officer Rebecca Foley.
“The children are sitting in the back of a police car, with nothing to do, lights are on, they see their parents taken away, it’s a traumatic experience,” said Tim Allen, the president of the Texas Council of Child Welfare Boards, which keeps track of children in state care and finds ways to fill gaps.
Allen works often with Hunter Beaton, who started the nonprofit Day 1 Bags when he was just 15 years old, after finding out foster children often carried around their belongings in trash bags.
Beaton partners with a bag distributer to donate bags, often excess military backpacks and duffels, to foster kids all over the state.