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A Family For Every Child This Year

Dec 04, 2023 - In the News, Foster Care and Adoption

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We all have a role in ensuring every child in foster care has a loving, nurturing family this year. Whether you are interested in fostering or adopting, supporting families that do, or advocating in your community, it takes all of us to make sure there is a great family for every child. The biggest needs in 2024 are foster and adoptive families for:


“Older” Children


Because there are not enough families for school-age children, even 6-year-olds are labeled “older” and “harder to place.” As a child ages, so does their risk of sleeping in a hotel or shelter when a family can’t be found. Teens experience this crisis at an alarming rate. Kids never outgrow the need for family. Could you be the family they need?


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Sibling Groups


Daily, we receive requests for foster families for groups of 2, 3, 4 or more children of all ages. Sadly, the chances of brothers and sisters staying together decrease for each added sibling. These connections are vital to a child’s story and are some of the most important relationships in a child’s life. Will you consider fostering siblings so they can stay together?


Minority Children


In Texas, 13% of children are African American, so we would expect to see the same percentage when we look at the foster care system. But, 22% of children in foster care in Texas are African American. All children deserve a family willing to help them stay connected to their story and grow in understanding of their culture and heritage. Are you willing to help?


Children with Special Needs


Children enter foster care after they’ve experienced trauma in the form of abuse or neglect. When they also have physical, mental or cognitive special needs, it is even harder to find a foster family. Could your family be a safe place for children with special needs?


You can play a vital role in the lives of some of the most vulnerable children in our state this year by becoming the foster or adoptive family these children need, joining the support team for foster and adoptive families you know or being a strong voice for children and families in your community.


To get started, join us for a Foster Care & Adoption Online Info Session. In one hour, you will learn how it all works in Texas and hear about resources and support that help foster and adoptive families thrive.


Visit pchas.org/fosteradoptevents to register or connect with a Foster Care & Adoption Guide for more info.



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