Self-Care for Your Foster Children

  As a foster parent, you provide care for the children you welcome into your home, but it’s also important to teach them about caring for themselves. While much of the self-care literature aims at adults, kids need healthy habits and a little pampering too. Here are some of our favorite ideas for helping foster … Read moreSelf-Care for Your Foster Children

3 Steps to Take When Your Foster Child Is Being Bullied

When you’re raising a foster child, it’s important for them to develop good friendships in school. Nowadays, however, bullying has become a real concern among children of all ages. Whether it’s in-person bullying or cyberbullying, the effect is the same. It really affects the self-esteem of the child, making them feel less confident in everything … Read more3 Steps to Take When Your Foster Child Is Being Bullied

Stage II of Community-Based Care Starts in DFPS Region 2

2INgage begins providing case management services after meeting readiness requirements Abilene, Texas (June 2, 2020) – 2INgage, a Program of Texas Family Initiative (TFI) in partnership with New Horizons, is pleased to announce it is now providing case management services in DFPS Region 2, a 30-county region which includes Abilene and Wichita Falls. In December … Read moreStage II of Community-Based Care Starts in DFPS Region 2

3 Ways to Get More Input About Being a Foster Parent

There’s going to be an adjustment period when you become a foster parent. In fact, this is true of all parents. We’re not all born with parenting skills. We learn them as time goes on by seeking resources and input. So, you might feel, when you start out, that you’re not doing a great job. … Read more3 Ways to Get More Input About Being a Foster Parent

What to Do When Your Foster Child Has Imaginary Friends

It’s common for children to have imaginary friends, but you might be wondering what to do when your foster child announces they’re bringing an invisible guest to dinner. Learn more about the current thinking on imaginary friends and what it could mean for your foster family. Imaginary friends have a much better reputation these days. … Read moreWhat to Do When Your Foster Child Has Imaginary Friends

Celebrating the Little Victories With Your Foster Child

Fostering a child can be an exciting experience, but, as a foster parent, you need to be prepared for the ups and downs. It’s possible that your foster child has not had many great adult role models before coming to you. Thus, they may not be able to trust you right away. In fact, it … Read moreCelebrating the Little Victories With Your Foster Child

What You Need to Know About Weight Loss for Kids in Foster Care

Nearly 1 in 3 children and teens in the U.S. are overweight or obese, and some studies suggest that the numbers are even higher for youths in foster care. As a foster parent, you may be concerned about how you can help vulnerable children with weight loss. Consider these suggestions as you’re deciding what to … Read moreWhat You Need to Know About Weight Loss for Kids in Foster Care

5 Ways for Foster Parents to Build Trust

One of the most rewarding things about being a foster parent is developing a loving and trusting relationship with your foster children. Of course, early experiences can make this challenging for some kids, but hang in there. With patience and love, you can build trust. Here are 5 points to keep in mind. Be Consistent … Read more5 Ways for Foster Parents to Build Trust

TFI COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to Ensure Child Safety & Healthy Families

Amidst the Coronavirus (COVID-19), TFI remains dedicated to strengthening families. As always, our top priority is the safety and health of our employees, and the children and families we serve. To continue to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children, families and staff, TFI has put internal and external precautions and guidelines in place. TFI … Read moreTFI COVID-19 Preparedness Plan to Ensure Child Safety & Healthy Families

Sharing Cultural Experiences With Your Foster Children

Cultural experiences enrich our lives, but foster children sometimes miss out. As a foster parent, you can help introduce young people to the arts, and give them a resource that can encourage joy and healing for the rest of their lives. Here are a few ideas for sharing cultural experiences with your foster children. Create … Read moreSharing Cultural Experiences With Your Foster Children