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Church, foster care agency join forces to help Austin woman

Staff Writer
Austin 360
Courtney Goudeau, center, lines up a screw while installing a play gym outside Antionette Taylor’s home. Taylor recently agreed to take in four children who are related to her as a kinship placement for foster care and received help from Northeast Community Church and foster care agency Upbring to get her home better prepared for the kids. NICK WAGNER/AMERICAN-STATESMAN

Antionette Taylor had a serious case of wanderlust. She dreamed of going to London, or maybe New Delhi.

For nearly two decades, in addition to working full time and raising her son as a single mom, she had been her family’s go-to caretaker. When her father died in November and her son graduated from high school, she decided maybe it was finally time to splurge and book a flight.

Those travel plans were short-lived. Before Taylor could pack a suitcase, she received a call informing her that one of her relatives could no longer take care of her four children, ages 6, 4, 2 and 1. CPS wanted to know: Will you take them? In January, Taylor again found herself in the role of caretaker.

Upbring, a local foster care agency, and Northeast Community Church decided to join together to lend Taylor a hand.

Read more about how volunteers helped this family, the latest story in our Good News Austin series, on mystatesman.com.