Meet the Burleson Management Team

Abby Smartt – Regional Director

Abby Smartt began serving as Case Manager Supervisor for A World For Children in March 2018. Abby graduated with her Master of Science in Social Work degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 2017, specializing in clinical practice with children and families. Her passion for working with children who have come from hard places led her to working as a case manager for other child placing agencies in the DFW area for over two years, as well as, working as a therapist for teen mothers in the foster care system. Abby is a certified Motivational Interviewer and practitioner of Trust-Based Relational Intervention. Abby practices from a strengths-based, attachment-focused perspective and believes that all children should have a safe, loving environment in which they can grow and learn. She enjoys working with the Dallas, Tyler, and Burleson teams to ensure every family feels supported and every child feels loved.

Patti Rooks – FH Dev/Community 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.

Upcoming Events

Aug 2019

Cultural Diversity – 08/01/2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
AWFC MED POLICY AND TRANSPORTATION TRAINING – 08/06/2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
Respite Training Webinar – 08/13/2019 at 12:00 am
Infant and Toddler Training – 08/14/2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Water Safety - Webinar – 08/19/2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Sep 2019

AWFC MED POLICY AND TRANSPORTATION TRAINING – 09/03/2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Cultural Diversity – 09/05/2019 at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Respite Training Webinar – 09/10/2019 at 12:00 am - 8:00 pm
Infant and Toddler Training – 09/11/2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Disaster Preparedness - Webinar – 09/16/2019 at 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Location and Details

240 E Renfro Ste 204
Burleson, TX 76028
Phone: 817 893-1919

In 2018, A World For Children opened its fourteenth office in the State, the Burleson Office.  The Burleson office was born out of the growth in our Dallas office. The administrative team began to realize that our Dallas office serving families all over the DFW metroplex and made the decision to start a new office to better support families in the region. The Burleson office serves a large area including Tarrant, Johnson, and surrounding counties in the DFPS Region 3B. We have developed a stellar reputation with Child Protective Services and Residential Child Care Licensing of providing high quality services to our children and families in North Texas.

Our Burleson office has also made efforts above and beyond to participate in the new community based care program, Our Community, Our Kids. With the implementation of OCOK, A World For Children has been able to identify and provide more resources to families, as well as, increase the number of sibling group placements!

The Burleson office has a variety of families specializing in therapeutic care, primary medical needs, developmental issues, and teens. The Burleson team works to provide our families with quality training to enhance their skills. We are proud to have the only primary medical needs conferences in the State, providing cutting edge training and support to families who wish to serve children with primary medical needs, pervasive development disorders, and mental retardation.

Fort Worth is the three-time “All American City” and is known for the Stockyards and a great place to raise a family. The Burleson area is home to one of the two of the best children’s hospitals in the State and the area is rich with resources for foster and adoptive parents.

The small-town charm and hospitality it alive and well with the Burleson team, where you will find that you become a part of the family the minute walk in the door. Our team works to be professional, caring, and supportive throughout your whole foster care journey.

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