Meet the Tyler 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

Respite Training Webinar – 08/13/2019 at 12:00 am
Infant and Toddler Training – 08/14/2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Sep 2019

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

Oct 2019

Infant and Toddler Training – 10/09/2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Nov 2019

Infant and Toddler Training – 11/13/2019 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

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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