Why You Should Become a Foster Parent

If you have been tossing around the idea of becoming a foster parent, it is time to dive in. Foster care is a crucial service for children and one where more help is always needed. The process of becoming a licensed foster parent can take a few months to complete, but once you are done, … Read moreWhy You Should Become a Foster Parent

Tips for Getting Your Foster Child to Sleep in Their Own Bed at Night

Transition your foster child into their own bed at night can be a difficult task. This is made even more difficult if your child is used to sleeping in a bedroom with someone else. Thankfully, there are certain things that you can do to help encourage your toddler not only to fall asleep in their … Read moreTips for Getting Your Foster Child to Sleep in Their Own Bed at Night

Myths About Foster Kids: Debunked

The US as a whole is in desperate need of more foster families to help care for the more than 443,000 children residing in the foster care system on any given day. Many people consider becoming foster parents, but never do. Unfortunately, the reason behind so many people deciding against fostering isn’t because they don’t … Read moreMyths About Foster Kids: Debunked

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

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!)

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

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