Meet the Tyler Management Team

Patti Rooks – Regional Director


Patti Rooks has many years of working in Child Welfare. She and her husband were foster parent for over 14 years. They were licensed as a therapeutic foster, group home and preferred parenting teens and hard to place kids. For several years they were licensed through A World For Children in Brownwood.  Even though they started the foster care journey to adopt one child, during their 14 years of fostering they adopted 18 children from the foster care system. Over half or those were placed with them and adopted as teens. They also have one biological child and are now raising the daughter to one of their former foster children.


With a passion for children Patti has served on the Johnson County Child Welfare board, past president of Johnson County Foster Parent Association, Past president of Council on Adoptable Children of Texas. She has  facilitated a foster/adopt support group for over 10 years.  She has a popular adoption blog “Extreme Adoption”  and a podCast “Intentional Parenting” / Before joining A World For Children as Case manager She worked for several years as a case manager for both Post Adopt Services and Catholic Charities in their International Foster Care Program. She is an avid learner and is an instructor for Parenting with Love and Logic, Anger Management for Teens, American Red Cross CPR/First Aid instructor and a TBRI practitioner. She is a great support to foster parents and is always looking for ways to help families thrive.

Jen Steenbergen – Clinical Director

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Jen is a Licensed Master Social Worker. She received her BA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York. She received her Masters in Social Work from the University of Texas in Austin. She is currently serving as the Clinical Director for the Dallas and Tyler Offices. Jen has served adults, adolescents and children in a variety of settings: Acute Psychiatric In-Patient Hospital, Residential Treatment Centers, Texas Youth Commission, Travis County Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Program, Defense Attorney Office, and as a Substance Abuse Counselor. She has been a foster parent and adopted a teen, who is now in college.

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Location and Details

Phone: 903 581-1553

Nestled in the beautiful Piney Woods area in Tyler, Texas, is our Tyler Office. Families in this part of Texas enjoy taking their children camping, fishing, and enjoying a rural lifestyle. Our East Texas families are known for their longevity with A World For Children, having several families that have worked with us ten to fifteen years.

The Tyler office is a fast growing office with new foster families joining our mission! Our staff are dedicated to supporting the families and children they serve, going above and beyond the call of duty to help parents and children be successful. A World For Children has also answered the call to develop an underserved area of Texarkana, which is in great need of therapeutic foster homes. We affectionately call our East Texas staff the Tyler-Kana Group!

The families in East Texas are skilled foster parents who serve children with a variety of needs. We specialize in helping teens in the foster care system have hope and a future with our L.A.U.N.C.H! Program and have families who are known for their ability to care for children with primary medical needs. Several of our families have been recognized by the Texas Foster Family Association as being Foster Parents of the Year. Come see what all the fuss is about in our Tyler Office!

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