Who We Are
CK Family Services is an organization of passionate, mission driven individuals united by common values and guided by Faith-Based principles. We are mothers, fathers, brothers, and sisters. We are daughters and sons, aunts and uncles, volunteers, coworkers, neighbors, and friends.
We live, shop, play, go to church and send our kids to schools in the communities we serve. We are artists, musicians, deep thinkers, multi-taskers, goal setters, tax payers, gamers, techies, book worms, TV watchers, health nuts, junk food eaters, and so much more.
We are people who have chosen to join together because we know that together our collective experiences, education, talents, and abilities are greater than any one of us posses on our own. We are people who choose to step into the trauma, to stand in the gap, to shine light into the dark places and help those who wish to step out of the darkness into healing, nurturing, and well being. We are people helping people.
People united through God to enhance the physical, emotional, and spiritual well being of at-risk children and families.
In the late 1990s and early 2000s, the Texas foster care system was in desperate need for adults and families to become licensed to care for children in foster care. At that time it was not uncommon for children who had been recently removed from the care of their biological parents and caregivers, for reasons of abuse or neglect, to spend nights sleeping in hotels or even the offices of CPS staff while they waited for a foster home to take them in. The idea of abused and neglected children coping with the experience of being removed from their homes while sleeping on cots in office buildings was unacceptable to the Lund Family. Out of their passion for serving their community and protecting children, Bill and Karen Lund founded Covenant Kids on the simple truths that every child deserved a nurturing home and that some promises should never be broken.
Covenant Kids was founded, literally, in the living room of the Lund family home as a ministry where they could honor God by serving the needs of abused and neglected children. Bill and Karen had many years experience working with adults and children with special needs and Karen had clinical experience as a registered nurse.
From the very beginning, Covenant Kids was more than an organization or a company; it was a family of people helping people. The Lund’s two children, Jessica and Daniel, were two of Covenant Kids first volunteers. Their passion to serve children in need of safe and loving homes and a family to call their own attracted a team of like minded individuals and their passion became a cause. In a few short years the Covenant Kids family grew to team of staff and volunteers that had licensed hundreds of new foster families. This increase in foster home capacity had an immediate and positive impact; providing families and homes for children who might otherwise be sleeping in office space.
Foster home capacity was not the only problem facing the community’s children. Some children who enter foster care are unable or not allowed to return to their biological families. In these situations a Judge typically terminates the child’s parents’ legal rights and the child becomes eligible to be adopted. Thousands of children linger in the foster care system each year while they wait and hope for a family to adopt them. Covenant Kids again arose to meet the need by securing a contract with the State of Texas to recruit and support families to adopt those children out of foster care.
In 2003, Covenant Kids added a behavioral health department and employed and contracted with licensed therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists to assist in meeting the mental and behavioral health needs of abused and neglected children.
In 2009, Covenant Kids had grown dramatically employing more than 40 full time staff and supporting more than 250 active foster and adoptive families. In that year Covenant Kids secured a contract with the Department of Family and Protective Services (DFPS) to perform assessments of potential kinship families as well as home studies for families wanting to become licensed foster families with the Department.
In 2011, Covenant Kids was awarded a contract by DFPS to provide post adoption services for families who had previously adopted children from foster care and who needed ongoing support.
On July 1, 2015 Covenant Kids became the first Child Placing Agency in the State of Texas, not associated with a local mental health authority (LMHA), to secure a contract to provide mental health rehabilitation and targeted case management services to children in foster care. While these services had been available to children in foster care for years via the LMHA network; utilization was historically low. CK Behavioral Health, Covenant Kids behavioral health program, innovated the way these services were provided to children and caregivers in the Texas foster care system which resulted in a dramatic increase in utilization of these services for children in need.
By late 2015 Covenant Kids had licensed more than 1,600 foster families, provided safe and nurturing temporary homes for more than 4,500 children in foster care, finalized the adoptions of more than 1,200 children, performed more than 6,000 kinship assessments and home studies supported hundreds of families in maintaining special needs adoptions, and innovated the way mental and behavioral health services were provided to children and young adults in the Texas foster care system.
In 2016 Covenant Kids became CK Family Services. What began as a family’s passion for protecting abused and neglected children became a cause and a mission, blessed by God. The scope of Covenant Kids impact on the community had expanded beyond protecting children to include equipping and empowering the restoration of families. The change in name from Covenant Kids to CK Family Services was a realignment to reflect the expansion from serving children to serving children and families while maintaining the same values, shared vision, Faith-Based principles, and passion that brought this family of people together.
CK Family Services is the premiere provider of foster care, adoption, and behavioral health services in North Texas. CK Family Services continuously explores new opportunities to innovate and expand the scope of the agency to provide additional services to better serve our community. Through it all, CK Family Services depends on God to direct the path of the agency, leading the company to a reputation of excellence and integrity.