What Part Will You Play?

There is a role for everyone! Whether caring for a child in your home or providing support to a child or family, there is no insignificant role.

The 5 Needs of Foster Care

Everyone Can Play a Part

We desperately need more foster and adoptive families, but change doesn’t stop there. We know the task can be overwhelming, so we have identified 5 major areas of need within the foster care system. When there is adequate support and volunteers within all these 5 categories, then we can confidently say that we are working to solve the foster care crisis. What role will you play?

  • After ensuring safety, the State’s top priority is to return children to their families

  • The child welfare system alone cannot meet the needs of children and families. DFPS partners and local congregations  are needed to help develop ministries

  • Over half the children in care will return to their biological families

  • Many children in foster care have parents who were also in foster care

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  • In 2021, there were over 1,600 children in foster care in Travis County alone

  • More than a third of foster children have two or more placements each year

  • Children in care move an average of 6 times

  • Moving and inconsistent care causes trauma in addition to the child’s original abusive environment

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  • Adoption from the foster care system costs little to nothing

  • Minority ethnic group children over 2 years old have a greater risk of aging out of the system than being adopted

  • More than half of the adoptions from Texas foster care were by relatives 

  • All children will have trauma, but they can reach dramatic levels of healing with trauma-informed parenting

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  • There are many opportunities to serve foster and adoptive families including babysitting certification, CASA, meals, mentoring, prayer, financial support for camps, sports, backpack drives, compassion for foster/adoption families, etc.

  • Healing can take place through trauma-informed, nurturing, long-term relationships 

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  • At the age of 18, teens are given the option to remain in foster care until they are 21 or they can leave care
  • Up to 40% of youth experience homelessness within the first year of aging out and 20% become instantly homeless
  • 70% are pregnant by their 21st birthday
  • 1 in 5 foster youth are incarcerated by the time they are 19

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We want to help you

Find Your Role

Families are the primary source of healing for hurting children. Whether you’re a foster or adoptive parent or want to support those who are, your role is vital to fostering hope and healing in the life of a child with difficult beginnings.​

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