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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

3 Easy Ways to Teach Your Foster Child Basic Cooking Skills

If you’re eating more meals at home lately, turn this time into an opportunity to teach your foster child basic cooking skills. It’s difficult to be sure what the future holds. However, at least one thing is certain. Kids who feel confident in the kitchen will be better prepared for adult living. What’s so special … Read more3 Easy Ways to Teach Your Foster Child Basic Cooking Skills

3 Relaxing Breathing Exercises for Foster Children

It can be heartbreaking when you know your foster children are struggling with difficult emotions, but they’re unable to put them into words. You want to help, but you need a way to get the conversation started. Relaxing breathing exercises are an effective way to quickly reduce anxiety and make it easier to talk. They … Read more3 Relaxing Breathing Exercises for Foster Children

A Foster Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child Succeed at Remote Learning

Are you a foster parent who’s trying to help your foster children attend school online? Are they finding the transition to working from home difficult? Adjusting to these new circumstances is challenging, but your foster agency is here to help your family along at every step of the way. Here are three points to keep … Read moreA Foster Parent’s Guide to Helping Your Child Succeed at Remote Learning

Don’t Practice Avoidance: Communicate Freely With Your Foster Child

Although it’s exciting to become a foster parent, you may also find it challenging. After all, you and your foster child are both going to have to go through an adjustment process. Plus, many foster children have already had some challenging experiences in the foster care system. Or they may be grieving the loss of … Read moreDon’t Practice Avoidance: Communicate Freely With Your Foster Child

Ways to Make Your Foster Child Feel at Home

The life of a foster child can be tumultuous. These foster children are likely to be reserved or agitated because they faced many challenges. This is perfectly normal. It takes time for them to adjust to a new way of life in your home. Fortunately, there are steps you can take that would speed up … Read moreWays to Make Your Foster Child Feel at Home

When Your Foster Child Is Afraid of the Dark

Many children go through a stage when they’re afraid of the dark. Thus, it’s something you might run into when you become a foster parent. Try these tips to help your foster child to feel more secure and get a good night’s sleep. Quiet Down at Bedtime Scary movies and active games may stimulate a … Read moreWhen Your Foster Child Is Afraid of the Dark

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