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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

Help Your Foster Child Fit in Without Losing Their Individuality

There are many things you need to know as a foster parent, such as how to communicate with your foster child and help them through the transition of settling into a foster home. It can be quite difficult for a child to be uprooted from the only home they have ever known. Plus, they also … Read moreHelp Your Foster Child Fit in Without Losing Their Individuality

5 Ways Texas Foster Parents Can Resist Overspending

As a foster parent, you receive funds to help provide for your foster child’s needs. Overspending isn’t necessary and may even distract from other priorities. Plus, you don’t have to be a cynic to notice that advertisers are often targeting kids to get parents to spend more. Here are 5 strategies for keeping your foster … Read more5 Ways Texas Foster Parents Can Resist Overspending

Becoming a Single Foster Parent in Texas

Are you interested in welcoming a foster child into your home, but you think that foster care is only for married couples? The truth is that Texas allows any qualified adult to become a foster parent whether they’re single, married, widowed, or divorced. Here are some points for single foster parents to keep in mind. … Read moreBecoming a Single Foster Parent in Texas

A Foster Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids Out The Door in the Morning

If you’re a foster parent to school-age children, you need to be prepared for the morning hustle. A recent survey shows just how tough a job it can be to get kids out the door in time, but we have some tips to make it easier. The Kellogg Company asked 2,000 parents about their morning … Read moreA Foster Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids Out The Door in the Morning

Keeping the Channels of Communication Open With Your Foster Child

Communicating with your foster child is very important when they first move into your home. Even later on, it’s good to keep the channels of communication open. Not only does this help to maintain harmony in the foster home, but it also helps the child to feel heard. Indeed, it gives them a sense of … Read moreKeeping the Channels of Communication Open With Your Foster Child

A Foster Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids Out The Door in the Morning

If you’re a foster parent to school age children, you need to be prepared for the morning hustle. A recent survey shows just how tough a job it can be to get kids out the door in time, but we have some tips to make it easier. The Kellogg Company asked 2,000 parents about their … Read moreA Foster Parent’s Guide to Getting Your Kids Out The Door in the Morning

Holiday Cooking with Your Foster Children

The holidays can be an exciting and challenging time for any family, so cooking together is one way for foster parents and foster children to connect and have fun. Your big dinners and special treats will taste even more delicious when you make them yourselves. Plus, you’ll create beautiful memories that will endure long after … Read moreHoliday Cooking with Your Foster Children

Help Your Foster Kids Through the Holidays

Holidays are supposed to be a joyful time, but they can also cause mixed feelings for people in difficult situations. That’s especially true for foster children who are away from their families. If you’re a foster parent, here are some things you can do to make the season more comfortable. Plan Ahead With all the … Read moreHelp Your Foster Kids Through the Holidays

Becoming a Single Foster Parent in Texas

Are you interested in welcoming a foster child into your home, but you think that foster care is only for married couples? The truth is that Texas allows any qualified adult to become a foster parent whether they’re single, married, widowed, or divorced. Here are some points for single foster parents to keep in mind. … Read moreBecoming a Single Foster Parent in Texas

Advice for Foster Parents Living With Chronic Disease

Do you want to be a foster parent, but you’re not sure if you can do it because you have a chronic disease? Many people have managed this challenge successfully. Here are a few suggestions for overcoming medical obstacles and maybe even using them to your advantage. After all, you’re not alone. About 6 in … Read moreAdvice for Foster Parents Living With Chronic Disease

Four Things to Know About Texas Foster Care This Year

Looking forward to the year ahead, we’re excited to continue serving children and families in over 30 counties. However, many children are still looking to find support and a forever home right here in our community. If you are looking to make a difference in a child’s life, here are four things to know about … Read moreFour Things to Know About Texas Foster Care This Year

How to Prepare Your Foster Children for the Upcoming School Year

It’s almost time for your foster child to return to school, and you want to prepare him early so that things will go smoothly during the school year. If your child is entering a new grade level, discuss some of the new concepts he’ll learn in school. If he’ll be a high school freshman, you … Read moreHow to Prepare Your Foster Children for the Upcoming School Year

5 Ways to Help Foster Children Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

Helping your foster child to develop genuine confidence and self-esteem is one of the most valuable gifts you can share with them. A child with inner strength and a positive self-image is better equipped to face life’s challenges and grow up to be a happy and responsible adult. Here are 5 things you can do … Read more5 Ways to Help Foster Children Build Confidence and Self-Esteem

What Foster Parents Can Do to Support Sibling Relationships

Foster parents have a major role to play in helping children in foster care to maintain healthy relationships with their siblings. If you’re a foster parent, consider these suggestions for how to help preserve these important family connections. Placed Together Keeping siblings together is often the most desirable arrangement because it protects foster children. It … Read moreWhat Foster Parents Can Do to Support Sibling Relationships

Incorporating the Importance of School in Foster Children

For many foster children, school isn’t a pleasant environment. There are a variety of factors that go into their school day each week. For example, they could have moved schools recently, some of the other kids at school could be bullying them about their situation, or they could be so apathetic about their future that … Read moreIncorporating the Importance of School in Foster Children

How to Talk to Your Children About Welcoming a Foster Child: 5 Conversations

There are a lot of steps that have to be taken before welcoming a foster child into your home. There are classes to attend, home studies, licenses, and background checks, just to name a few. In all the planning, don’t forget talking to your biological children about what it means to accept a foster child. … Read moreHow to Talk to Your Children About Welcoming a Foster Child: 5 Conversations