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: 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

Texas Requirements to Foster

Are you considering fostering for a child in need of a new home? Have you wondered what the requirements are to make this type of impact on a young person’s life? Not only will you have to provide temporary care, love, and nurturance to children while serving as a mentor to their parent, but you … Read moreTexas Requirements to Foster

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

How Long You Can Keep a Foster Child Depends a Child’s Reason for Needing Foster Care

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

How Do I Prepare to Become a Foster Parent

Becoming a foster parent is an exciting experience, but it is also a big step. If you are considering becoming a foster parent, you might have several concerns and questions. Whether you are ready to start the process of becoming a foster parent as soon as possible, or if it is simply something you want … Read moreHow Do I Prepare to Become a Foster Parent

The Difference Between Adoption and Long-Term Fostering

Bringing another child into a home is an important decision, whether through long-term fostering or adoption. This choice will impact the lives of the caretaker in ways they cannot even imagine. In many cases, that’s a great thing. Providing a secure, safe home for a child in need is a beautiful, selfless act. It is … Read moreThe Difference Between Adoption and Long-Term Fostering

Steps to Take Before Applying to Become a Foster Parent

There are countless benefits of fostering a child, and it can change a child’s life. There are a lot of requirements, but it is possible for many different types of people to become a foster parent. Requirements for Becoming a Foster Parent The requirements for becoming a foster parent vary state by state, though there … Read moreSteps to Take Before Applying to Become a Foster Parent

Aging Out of Foster Care

In the state of Texas, children are aging out of foster care at the age of 18. At this age, CPS is no longer responsible for you, and you do not legally have to answer to all the restrictions that were once placed on you, including the 24/7 oversight that you received in the foster … Read moreAging Out of Foster Care

Do You Get Paid to Be a Foster Parent?

Taking children that aren’t yours into your home sounds like a daunting prospect–and some of that burden is financial. How will you pay for everything that the foster children in your care need? The income you have often seems inadequate now, much less once you add more children to your home! For this reason, many potential … Read moreDo You Get Paid to Be a Foster Parent?