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!

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

Once Upon a Time…Angie’s Story

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

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

Reunification: The Foster Parents’ Delight and Dilemma

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

Getting Ready for the Home Visit!

If you have jumped into the adoption or foster care process, the home visit interview is coming! Don’t be afraid, if you want to adopt or foster those kiddos, you have to do the home visits, but they’re the best thing for you and the new kids. The social worker wants to make sure you’re … Read moreGetting Ready for the Home Visit!

I Want to Be a Foster Parent: Four Things to Consider Before You Apply

If you ever thought to yourself, “I want to be a foster parent” then this is the post for you. Here are four things you must consider before you decide you want to become a foster parent. Personality Are you someone who can stay calm in difficult situations? Do you strive to understand all kinds of … Read moreI Want to Be a Foster Parent: Four Things to Consider Before You Apply

The Reality of Fostering a Child

“I want to foster” are the first words spoken when you decide that you’re ready to become a foster parent. One of the best decisions that you can make in your life is fostering a child by bringing them into your home. A child that experiences tragedy, abuse, or brokenness desires the love, hope, and … Read moreThe Reality of Fostering a Child