Requirements for Being a Foster Parent in Texas

Becoming a foster parent is not an easy decision, but it is so worth the effort. Are you considering foster parenting? If so, here are the requirements for becoming a foster parent in Texas to help you begin the process. To Qualify for Foster Parent License, You Must… Be single or married. If married, you … Read moreRequirements for Being a Foster Parent in Texas

Preparing a Bedroom for Your New Foster Child

One of the anxieties new foster parents face when introducing a child into their home is providing them with a room where they truly feel comfortable. Your foster child’s new bedroom should be a peaceful haven where they can relax and feel safe. Foster kids will experience their own misgivings after being placed in an … Read morePreparing a Bedroom for Your New Foster Child

Before Becoming a Foster Parent, Ask Yourself These Questions

Foster parenting is a rewarding yet challenging responsibility. You’re not only providing for the kids’ physical needs but also their emotional and spiritual needs. It is not an endeavor that you want to take on without knowing whether you have the maturity and dedication for it. You will experience many victories as a foster parent … Read moreBefore Becoming a Foster Parent, Ask Yourself These Questions

The Nitty-Gritty of the Texas Foster Care System

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

Foster Families: Continuity Can Benefit Everyone!

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!

The Fostering Process: You Have a Powerful Helper (Quiet, Too!)

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!)

Foster Families: Partners in the Irreplaceable Family Experience

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

The Rewards of Single Foster Parenting

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

Are you Ready to Take on Foster Kids?

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?

The Relationship Between Foster Parents and the CASA

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