Important Foster Parent Requirements to Know in Texas

For many families, fostering is more than about helping children in need. It’s also an opportunity to provide hope and bring joy to a child’s life. If you’re hoping to apply to be a foster parent and wondering what the requirements in Texas are, keep reading.

We’ll discuss critical foster parent requirements in Texas, plus training programs to help you become a licensed foster care parent. Let’s walk through the requirements together so you can set yourself up to make a difference in a child’s life. Read more

Guide to Fostering Siblings: Rewards, Challenges & Tips

Learn about the importance of sibling fostering and the challenges you may face. Contact A World For Children if you’re interested in fostering siblings.

For many families, fostering a child is an exciting experience; one with bountiful opportunities for love, growth, and acceptance. However, the impact of foster care on children is something that should not be overlooked. Not only are foster children forced to adjust to an unfamiliar environment, but in some cases, they may lose contact with their siblings. 

Children who remain with their siblings find it easier to transition into a new home. Read on to learn more about fostering siblings and discover ways to help children in need maintain close-knit relationships with their siblings.

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8 Impactful Ways to Help Foster Kids in Your Community

Wondering how to help foster kids? If you are unable to take on the responsibility of fostering, here are other ways to support foster care needs with AWFC.

Over 402,000 children were in the foster care system in 2021. That’s a lot of kids who could use your help. But knowing that foster children need help is not the same thing as knowing how to help foster kids. 

Foster care needs are both broad and complex. That’s why, when people ask us, “How can I help a foster child?”, the answer isn’t just one thing. There are several different ways to help foster kids. To help you understand how you can help, we have put together this quick and simple guide on how to help foster children. 

Read on to learn more, or reach out to A World For Children to start helping today.

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Foster to Adopt in Texas: Your Detailed Guide

Interested in becoming a forever home for a foster child? Read our guide on how to foster to adopt in Texas and begin the process with A World For Children.

For people looking to adopt a child, there are generally two options available to them: Adoption of a newborn, in which an expectant mother chooses a family to raise her child, or adoption from the Child Protective Services (CPS) system. 

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The Benefits of Adopting a Teenager in Foster Care

Embracing the unique reality children bring into any home is an unexpected journey. Adopting a teenager in foster opens the door for a wealth of new experiences, opportunities to learn, and transformative growth.

Often, teenagers aren’t included in talks of adoption due to myths that create negative feelings around their possible adoption. In this article, we’d like to provide a roadmap to dispel those myths and offer information to support potential adoptive parents in their journey to supporting teenagers in the foster care system. Read more

Adopting Older Children: 11 Important Things to Know

Adopting an older child is a beautiful way to start or expand your family. It is also a wonderful opportunity to provide support, love, and belonging to a child or teen awaiting their forever family.

In 2019, there were nearly 424,000 children in foster care in the United States. At any time, around 30% of these children are ready for adoption.

If you are considering taking the life-changing step of welcoming an older child into your home, you likely have a lot of questions. You may have heard myths or stories about adopting older children and want to know the facts. The bottom line: you want to have enough information to make the process as smooth as possible for you and your new family member.

In this article, we will go over 11 important things to know when considering adopting an older child. The adoption journey is an exciting one, and by reading this, you’re taking an important first step. Let’s dive in! Read more

How to Become a Foster Parent in Texas

Fostering a child can be an incredibly rewarding but sometimes challenging experience. You become responsible for your foster child’s wellbeing and will need to be prepared to provide adequate support. However, you also have the opportunity to provide that child with a safe and loving space to grow until they are adopted.

If you’re wondering how to become a foster parent in Texas, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve outlined the steps for this process and helpful resources you can turn to if you have additional questions.

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How to Adopt a Child in Texas: Process and Resources

Becoming an adoptive parent is an incredibly rewarding but sometimes overwhelming experience. You have the opportunity to provide a child with a caring, loving, and safe environment to grow up in. However, before your family can expand, you must go through the adoption process to gain parental and legal rights over your adopted child.

Learning how to adopt a child in Texas is the first step in applying to agencies and growing your family. We’ve compiled a guide to the Texas adoption process and where to find helpful resources along the way. Read more

Trauma Consortium

May is Trauma-Informed Care Awareness Month!

The Institute for Trauma-Informed Care in collaboration with the South Texas Trauma-Informed Care Consortium (STTICC) is excited to share with you the May 2021 calendar to celebrate and raise awareness of Trauma-Informed Care. The calendar features local organizations’ Trauma-Informed Care events. Attached you will find the calendar that includes 20+ events, trainings, and interactive classes which are free and open to the public. Additionally, we have added flyers for the events specifically hosted by the Institute and University Health. Please join us in May as we celebrate Trauma-Informed Care Awareness Month!

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