|Kris, Stetson, and James Buescher|
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Stetson Buescher kept reaching for the microphone as he sat in his mama's lap in the media center at Texas Motor Speedway Saturday morning.
His daddy, NASCAR Nationwide driver James Buescher and mama, Khristian, chose James' home track to announce the launch of The Buescher Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing support for families who, like James and Kris, choose domestic adoption. November is National Adoption Month, the perfect time to announce their initiative.
James is a native of Plano, Texas. The couple make their home just west of Houston in Katy, Texas.
Skirts and Scuffs readers may remember the couple's love story and its fairy-tale ending. Their story started a new chapter with the adoption of Stetson Rees as a newborn in August, 2013. James and Kris also have a daughter, Presley Mercedes, who was born in June of this year.
Because the Bueschers know how it feels to go through the adoption process, they wanted to make it easier for couples to choose to adopt domestically, rather than internationally. While they understand children from other countries need homes, they wanted to help those who want to give children in the U.S. "forever homes."
The couple was fortunate. They only waited seven months for Stetson.
"Just knowing we were going to have a child in our home just encouraged us. It kept our spirits up and we always knew there was an end," said Kris. "It can take forever. We have some friends who have been waiting 10 years and still don't have a child."
The Buescher Foundation is accepting applications now and will give grants quarterly. To apply, all a family needs is proof that they're working with an agency or a facilitator, a home study, and a "look book" that tells the story of the family.
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"So many foundations or people who provide grants for families go off of income, or you have to be in a certain job," said Kris. "With us, there's no income (requirement) or job (requirement.) As long as you can prove you're working with an agency or a facilitator, you're eligible to apply for one of our grants."
James is a member of the Fraternal Order of Eagles, and during the announcement his local chapter donated $50,000 to the fledgling Buescher Foundation. Various other fundraising events will provide the money needed to help give couples the resources and funds necessary to adopt.