Dear AWFC Foster Parents, 

We hope that you find these resource pages helpful.  As we continue to research information both Statewide and locally to assist you, your feedback will prove invaluable to us.  If you are aware of any resources that you find helpful please let us know.  If you experience any problems with the resources we have provided we would also like to hear from you.  These pages are for you, our foster parents, who we hold dearly within our AWFC family.  Please provide any feedback you may have to Barbara Baldovin, Director of Resource Development at

TDFPS Resources

Texas Child Abuse Hotline:
Texas State Minimum Standard Foster Care Rules
Texas Service Level Resource Guide 
DFPS Rights of Children and Youth in Foster Care
YES Waiver Information
Common Acronyms and Abbreviations
State Funded Day Care – Foster Children

Education Resources

State College Tuition Waiver and the Education and Training Voucher
Rights of Parents of Special Education Students

Primary Medical Needs

If you are interested or have questions about fostering children with primary medical needs, please contact Barbara Baldovin, AWFC Director of Resource Development, at 713-409-2079 or  This is a very rewarding population to work with and are usually long term placements!
DFPS PMN Resource Guide

Foster Family Discounts

Amazon Prime

Star Health Resources

NurseWise Hotline               
Available 24/7 (after hours, press #7).  Talk to a nurse about health questions.  Services available in English/Spanish.
Star Health Member Services. For questions about ID cards, 
finding or changing doctors, rx refill problems, CANS assessments,
medical – dental – behavior
health – vision services.
Star Health Quick Guide for Caregivers 
CANS & Star Health Certified Assessor/Statewide.  Karen Tarver, MEd, LPC  832-492-8250.

Strategies & Guidance for Foster Parents

Conscious Discipline
Parent Tips
Taking Care of Yourself-Tips for Foster Parents
18 Ways to Avoid Power Struggles
Empowering Parents
How & Why to Make a Lifebook
25 Self Care Ideas

Mental Health

Autism Society of Texas
NAMI (National Association for Mental Health)
Chosen provides independent parent coaching, therapeutic resources, trauma education, personalized case management, crisis support, skills based programs, general trauma resolution.
National Child Traumatic Stress Network

General Resources

Emergency Preparedness
NFPA Tax Information for foster, adoptive, & kinship caregivers.
Safe Sleeping Tips for Babies
Child Car Safety Tips
National Poison Control Center        
Drug Side Effects
Potty Training
Summer Safety for Kids
Center for Disease Control & Prevention

Transitional Services for Foster Youth

Phased In is a transitional living program that will prepare emancipated foster youth for independent living and empower them to become productive, responsible, ad independent members of the community.
Casey Life Skills
Statewide Transition Centers
Medicaid for Transitioning Foster Youth
Resources & Info for Aging Out Foster Youth
Mental Health America

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