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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

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

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