Being in foster care is difficult for children. Even children with the most loving foster parents will face challenges. One of those challenges is the feeling that they are alone. Often, they don’t know many other foster kids at school. They may be embarrassed about being in foster care, and try to keep their situation … Read moreFour Foster Kids Who Grew Up To Be Successful
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
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!
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
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
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!