Fostering love

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers This afternoon, the Easley house is quiet. The only distractions are the bouncing logo on the computer screen, and the Easleys’ dog, who scratches on the door to be let in from the cold. As veteran foster parents with three (now grown) children of their own, Charles and Anna Easley […]

Day-care shortage hits eastern New Mexico hard

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers Emotional mothers desperate for child-care pleaded with Christy Masterson on a daily basis. “I was flooded with calls. I would get phone calls from people crying that they did not have day-care,” Masterson said. The former home child-care provider turned down lots of families seeking her service. She just didn’t […]

Foster care: Growing need in Roosevelt County

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By Karl Terry: PNT Managing Editor The front porch is littered with trash, including broken glass, beer cans and other refuse. The paint is peeling, and the bare porchlight bulb hangs from its wiring. A woman answers the front door in worn jeans and T-shirt, and is verbally combative with Children, Youth and Families Department […]

Agency tour depicts life of foster child

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By Marlena Hartz: Freedom Newspapers A gust of wind blew through the rooms of the abandoned Clovis house, twisting and turning the photos that hung from fishing line above the doorway. Youth pastor Daniel Gleaton held one still with his hand. He didn’t really need to, though. The photos were merely blueprints for the house […]