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!)
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
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
Are you considering becoming a single foster parent? Great! In the state of Texas, you do not have to married to become a foster parent, but you do have to be responsible, financially stable, mature, and over the age of 21. Ask yourself these four questions to get a clearer understanding of what you need … Read more4 Questions You Should Ask Yourself Before Becoming a Single Foster Parent
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
“Relatively” Speaking, Very Little Time Technically, a foster child is a relative, virtually no different than a biological child. Remembering that a biological child takes approximately 9 months to enter our lives, the time to get a license to become a foster parent is minimal. (And this legal right, or “license”, carries an emotional bond.) A … Read moreI Want a License to Become a Foster Parent. Does It Take Long?
“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
How Long Will You Foster a Child Depends on Each Child’s Individual Case How long you can keep a foster child is complicated because each foster child has different needs. Those children who potentially will enter your home each come with a case file that varies significantly. The goal of the foster care system is … Read moreHow Long You Can Keep a Foster Child Depends a Child’s Reason for Needing Foster Care