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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 more2INgage’s Brusewitz honored as C4C Child Welfare Champion

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 moreTips for Navigating “Impossible” Appointment Schedules

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 moreWhat To Do When Your Foster Children Are Afraid of Shots

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 moreMaking Your Own Foster Care Family Cookbook

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

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

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

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 moreHow to Have Career Conversations with Your Foster Children

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 moreA Quick Guide to Clean Eating for Your Foster Care Family

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 moreHow to Be a More Patient Foster Parent

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 moreTexas Adoption Services with 2INgage

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 more3 Tips from Foster Parents About Raising Foster Children

Donations Needed to Provide Christmas Gifts to Texas Foster Children

Help spread holiday cheer to local children in need Abilene, Texas (December 3, 2020) – Holidays can be an especially difficult time for children in foster care. They are away from friends, family and everything they know during Christmas—a time so focused on spending time with loved ones. To help spread some holiday cheer to … Read moreDonations Needed to Provide Christmas Gifts to Texas Foster Children

Make Things Easier on Your Foster Child By Consulting and Involving Them

If it’s your first time fostering a child, you might be nervous. Don’t worry, the foster child is nervous too. They’re going to be moving into a new home environment and meeting new people. They’ll have to adjust to going to a new school. Additionally, they’ll have a new room and new clothes; they may … Read moreMake Things Easier on Your Foster Child By Consulting and Involving Them

14-year-old Braydon Looking for His Forever Family

Braydon is a very sweet child who enjoys horseback riding, swimming, rock collecting, being outdoors, video games, and Legos. He also likes camping and fishing. Braydon describes himself as nice. He likes to eat chicken nuggets, pizza, and chicken cutlets. Braydon can be easily distracted and sometimes struggles with holding a conversation. He also struggles … Read more14-year-old Braydon Looking for His Forever Family

Making Chores More Fun for Your Foster Children

Do your foster children fight over whose turn it is to do housework? Maybe you’ll never make vacuuming quite that exciting, but you can have fun together while you clean your house. Here are 3 ways to draw your foster care family closer together while you make your home cleaner and safer. Delegate Responsibility Kids … Read moreMaking Chores More Fun for Your Foster Children

When Past Trauma Is Causing Current Drama!

Sometimes, a child can seem well-adjusted or happy. Then, one day, “Poof!”. We look up one morning to a full-grown adult scarfing down pancakes. Just at about that time is when they are experiencing things that most adults would have a hard time with. From dating to drugs, that little girl/boy that had booboo’s doesn’t … Read moreWhen Past Trauma Is Causing Current Drama!

A Foster Parent’s Guide to Throwing an Amazing Virtual Birthday Party

The longer COVID-19 sticks around, the greater the chances that a foster parent will need to learn how to throw a virtual birthday party. Celebrating milestones is especially important for foster children who may feel cut off if they have less contact than usual with their family and friends. Making their birthday happy and fun … Read moreA Foster Parent’s Guide to Throwing an Amazing Virtual Birthday Party

Inexpensive Hobbies for Foster Children

Inexpensive hobbies help foster children deal with the additional stress of daily living these days. You don’t have to spend much money to provide enriching pastimes that are more constructive than excessive hours spent in front of the TV.  Here are some ideas to get you started. Arts and Crafts Encouraging your foster child to … Read moreInexpensive Hobbies for Foster Children

Who Foster Care Is Not For

Foster care can be challenging. You’re responsible for children temporarily placed in your home with a background of trauma. However, it can be one of the most rewarding life experiences. If you are considering fostering, you are ready to make a difference and better the world one child at a time, but that’s easier said … Read moreWho Foster Care Is Not For