For many Texans, the foster care system is an enigma. Therefore, the Texas Family Initiative wants to share information that will serve as a foundation of knowledge about the Texas foster care system. Any readers who want to build on that foundation can return to the Texas Family Initiative website to learn more. Indeed, our … Read moreThe Nitty-Gritty of the Texas Foster Care System
Even after you have made the decision to foster/adopt, there are remaining crucial decisions. Some we make in consultation with you, some are choices for you to make. The most meaningful questions have to do with what we call “continuity”. If you have committed to foster a child, it is likely you have put yourself … Read moreFoster Families: Continuity Can Benefit Everyone!
Growing up, were books “your friends”? That’s probably an idea lots of us recall from those trips with mom and dad to the library. Indeed, for many, reading was a best friend–always there, comforting, ready with answers. For foster parents, reading is an essential part of the fostering process. Education Every foster/adoptive parent wants to … Read moreThe Fostering Process: You Have a Powerful Helper (Quiet, Too!)
One way to think about the diverse services, objectives, and programs of the Texas Family Initiative (TFI) is in terms of the family experience. If TFI has a single “reason for being”, it is conviction that the family experience is irreplaceable in the healthy, happy development of every child. Texas Family Initiative That is why … Read moreFoster Families: Partners in the Irreplaceable Family Experience
Angie’s story begins with once upon a time. Once upon a time, there was a little girl who loved unicorns. Well, let’s be honest, she was kind of obsessed with them. She had t-shirts with sparkly unicorns on them. She collected unicorn stuffed animals. Her bedroom was unicorn-themed. And she had an entire notebook filled … Read moreOnce Upon a Time…Angie’s Story
As a single person, you might wonder if foster parenting would work for you. The fact is that there are amazing benefits of fostering as a single parent. If you are thinking about becoming a foster parent, it’s vital that you consider your availability, commitment level, and your overall income as well as other factors. … Read moreThe Rewards of Single Foster Parenting
Foster kids are no different than other children born to loving families. They love to learn, play and look forward to a future filled with dreams. The major difference is that their maternal parents were unable to care for them at a particular time in their life. Any of us could have been placed in … Read moreAre you Ready to Take on Foster Kids?
As a foster parent, part of your job is to manage all the relationships around your foster child. You have to establish visits with their caseworkers, health professionals, and parent visits. One of the most crucial relationships is that between you and your child’s CASA–or Court Appointed Special Advocate. Further, CASAs are volunteers who are … Read moreThe Relationship Between Foster Parents and the CASA
While under the watchful eye of the State, children in foster care are subject to rules different from those in natural households. For kids who are in the legal care of the State, Child Protective Services is an ever-present shadow. Children in care experiences can receive parent visitation at a CPS office or supervised by … Read morePermanency Is Not A Place
Fostering children requires a special kind of commitment. It is a selfless love that requires you let go of the child you have taken into your home, cared for and helped overcome any number of obstacles. Add in that the state’s first goal is to reunification, it’s important to learn how to love and let … Read moreReunification: The Foster Parents’ Delight and Dilemma