As the child welfare system bursts at the seams with 28,000 children and teens in Texas foster care, the need is greater than ever before. Texas children and teens need families so they won’t miss out on their childhood.
Foster and adoptive parents provide critical support for children and teens in crisis. When children cannot live with their parents, our foster and adoptive parents provide both a place to call home, food, clothing safe, nurturing, support, stable and loving environment.
Becoming a foster parent is one of the most important and life-changing decisions you will ever make, and the responsibility can seem overwhelming.
You won’t be alone – our Foster Care team will be there by offering comprehensive training and support so you can nurture, inspire, and transform the lives of at-risk children and teens.
Your Foster Care worker will walk with you through the licensing process, provide you with support meetings and training opportunities to prepare you for your first child placement, and will provide you with support along the way.
Prospective foster and adoptive families will be required to complete a minimum of 35 competency-based, pre-service training hours before they receive a home verification or approval.
Training sessions include but are not limited to, trauma-informed parenting, child development, attachment, cultural humility, compassion fatigue, and emergency behavior intervention.
These trainings will help prepare families to support foster children who have experienced trauma in their past, and help get them to a place of hope and healing.
At EmberHope Youthville, we want to support our full-time foster families so that they have what they need to give their very best to the children in their care. Some of that support includes: