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
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
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
Children come from every circumstance imaginable and giving them the help they need to succeed in life is a very rewarding experience. Caring for a child who is in need of a home and loving care is a joyful experience. However, sometimes foster parents begin to wonder if they were ready to foster the child … Read moreWhat to Consider if I Want to be a Foster Parent
Creative Methods to Help Your Foster Child Taking a foster child or children into your home is no small decision. There are many things to consider. Know that you have done an incredible deed by taking the first step to lend a hand to a child who has likely been through more than most could … Read moreFostering Healing Through Creative Expression
Summer Time Fun
June means the end of the school year, and with it, a lot of kids without much to do. While many people imagine summer vacation being a bunch of lazy days, the fact is most parents have to work and worry about what they’ll do to keep the kids busy and out of trouble. The following Tips for Parents will help you plan fun summer activities for your kids.
Self-care: Do it for yourself, your family, and your kids
If resource parents had a motto, it might be “children first.” Or perhaps “children and their families first.” Either would be fitting. Foster and adoptive parents and kinship caregivers do what they do because they want to see children and their families heal and thrive.
Keep Calm… Summer is coming!
Enjoy this summer but take a few precautions to protect your child(ren) and yourself from some of the more dangerous aspects of this season. Here are some summer safety tips and ideas on what to do this summer.
When a child receives news that they are being welcomed into a safe and loving home with open arms, they are immediately filed with hope that their future will get better. Children in the foster care system have been tossed around, forgotten, and neglected by families, adults, communities, and the system. All they want is to be wanted.
Child Abuse Prevention Month
National Child Abuse Prevention Month began as a reaction to increased public awareness of child abuse throughout the 1970’s. As a result, Ronald Reagan declared April National Child Abuse Prevention month in 1983. The goal was to increase understanding of what contributes to the prevalence of child abuse and, more importantly, how to prevent it.