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What You Need to Know About DFPS Region 2

In the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services, there are two regions. The first region covers all counties except for Travis County, which is in Region 2.This blog post will cover DFPS Region 2 and what you need to know about it.    What Is DFPS Region 2 Region 2 is a governmental agency … Read more

The Benefits of Community-Based Care in Texas

Community-based care (CBC) is a new way of providing foster care and case management in Texas. Under this system, the state delegates the functions of child welfare to private contractors. CBC reflects a paradigm shift from the traditional foster care where the state provided the services. The following are some of the benefits of CBC. … Read more

What You Need to Know About Kinship Placement

One of the most heart-wrenching yet rewarding experiences for a family is to place their child in foster care or kinship placement. This decision can be difficult because children placed with relatives are more likely to have a successful, long-term placement than those placed with strangers. Many families still need help and guidance when making … Read more

2INgage Elevates Robles to VP of Permanency

ABILENE, Texas (August 10, 2021) – 2INgage recently announced Kaycee Robles has been promoted to Vice President of Permanency. She will be responsible for three permanency departments that include Taylor County and the surrounding counties to the west. She will also manage the kinship/courtesy department, training and community engagement for 2INgage. “Kaycee brings a wealth of … Read more

What Foster Parents Need to Know about Taking Away a Child’s Pacifier

Don’t be too hard on binky. Pacifiers aren’t all bad. On the other hand, any foster parent might be confused about when to take away a child’s pacifier because doctors and dentists have changed their recommendations over the years. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) now says that pacifiers won’t harm your baby if used … Read more

How to Become a Foster Parent

Children living under unfavorable circumstances with their families have the right to live under foster care. If you adopt a child under foster care, you will be responsible for providing a safe environment for the child until the biological family sorts out their issues. However, it is imperative to understand what it takes to become … Read more

Tips on Dealing With Reactive Attachment Disorder

How to Manage Reactive Attachment Disorder Reactive Attachment Disorder, or RAD, is a disorder that occurs when babies and young children are unable to form secure attachments with caregivers. This is often due to previous neglect, abuse, or trauma. While considered uncommon in the general population, studies show it occurs in 5% of children when first … Read more

2INgage hosts annual graduation ceremony for record class

29 foster care youth graduated high school in Texas Region 2 this past year ABILENE, Texas (June 21, 2021) – 2INgage recently held its annual graduation ceremony celebrating youth in foster care who graduated from high school this past year. In total, a record 29 youth from around Texas Region 2 received their high school … Read more

2INgage’s Brusewitz honored as C4C Child Welfare Champion

Permanency Support Supervisor recognized for outstanding community work Abilene, Texas – 2INgage is proud to announce that Kimberly Brusewitz was this year’s recipient of the Child Welfare Champion Award, which was recently announced by theChampion For Children (C4C) organization. The annual C4C Awards honor individuals who are helping families and children lead better and safer … Read more

Tips for Navigating “Impossible” Appointment Schedules

Even with just one or two children, navigating a family’s busy schedule can be a chore in and of itself. Differing work schedules, varying interests, and doctor’s and school appointments seem to pile up without you even trying. Adding the responsibilities of a foster family on top of that can seem overwhelming, especially so if … Read more

What To Do When Your Foster Children Are Afraid of Shots

There aren’t many people who think that getting an injection is fun, but what can you do if your foster children are very afraid of getting shots? It’s a common struggle for many families, and the issue may come up more often now in the age of COVID-19. Take a look at these suggestions for … Read more

Making Your Own Foster Care Family Cookbook

A foster care family cookbook is a fun and practical way to bond with your foster children and encourage healthy eating. Here are some ideas to help you get started. How to Make Your Foster Care Family Cookbook: Have fun collaborating with your foster kids on the contents and design. You can browse online for … Read more

A Foster Parent Guide to Asking Your Boss for Flexible Work Hours

Many foster parents need a more flexible work schedule due to COVID-19, and your boss may be open to the idea given the big increase in remote work these past months. If you’re thinking about having this kind of conversation, take a look at this guide to negotiating changes in your work hours. Preparing to … Read more

A Foster Parent’s Guide to Holding on to Your Friends without Kids

Becoming a foster parent will change a lot of things in your life, and that may include your friendships with other adults who don’t have kids. The good news is that you can hold onto your relationships, and maybe make them even stronger, if you’re ready and willing to work on it. Here are some … Read more

Social Media Study Has Good News for Foster Care Families with Teens

Foster care families with teens may be happy to hear about a recent study on social media and depression. Researchers found that daily social media use is not a strong or consistent risk factor for depressive symptoms among adolescents. Here’s more about this study, and what it may mean for your foster children. What The … Read more

How to Have Career Conversations with Your Foster Children

Having career conversations with your foster children is even more important these days. As always, they need your support and guidance to help them become responsible adults and enjoy a bright future. However, they may now have less access to other resources due to COVID-19. It may be harder for them to talk with their … Read more

A Quick Guide to Clean Eating for Your Foster Care Family

If you try to feed your foster care family a nutritious diet, you’ve probably come across talk about clean eating. However, you might not be sure what the words mean exactly. Don’t feel bad. There is no official definition of clean eating, and different people have different interpretations. In general, clean eating usually focuses on … Read more

How to Be a More Patient Foster Parent

Have you been losing patience with your foster children lately?  Does it seem that no matter how hard you try to raise them well, they won’t listen?  Well, you’re not alone.  It is common for parents to lose their patience, but with some helpful strategies, you can be more patient with the kids.  It takes … Read more

Texas Adoption Services with 2INgage

Adopting children is an amazing and wonderful thing to do, particularly when going through the foster care system for a Texas adoption. It can be difficult, time-consuming, and agonizing, but it is all worth it in the end when you are able to complete your family and provide a permanent, happy home for a child. … Read more

3 Tips from Foster Parents About Raising Foster Children

Although foster care may be difficult, it’s also very rewarding. You know that you’re giving a child a home and raising them to be responsible, independent adults. You’re making sure that they get an education, develop friendships and explore their full potential. Raising foster children definitely has its challenges but most foster parents will tell … Read more