May is Foster Care Awareness Month | North Houston Moms

May is Foster Care Awareness Month and we’ve put together a list of resources available here in Montgomery County, both for foster parents and for those who wish to support foster children and families Foster care is not just about increasing the size of a family, or even doing a good deed. It’s about helping a child desperately needing love and direction.
In Montgomery County, hundreds of children are in the foster care system, meaning many are living without permanent homes and families.

In Texas, the entire process of becoming a foster parent can take about nine to twelve months and that includes all training. You can be single or married, homeowner or a renter. The only financial requirement is that you earn a sufficient income to support yourself and your family. We’ve put together a few local resources that can help point you in the right direction if you are interested in becoming a foster parent.

Montgomery County Foster Care Resources
Montgomery County Info: https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/HHS-Program/CYF/CYFFosterCareMeetings.html

Foster Care and Adoption Organizations:
Pathways: https://pathway.org

Arrow Child & Family Ministries: https://www.arrow.org/texas/

DePelchin Children’s Center: https://www.depelchin.org 

There are many organizations and non-profits that support foster children and families. Many of these organizations are donation funded and have volunteer opportunities, so take a look if you are wanting to help but may not be ready to embark on the foster parent path.

Hope’s Bridge
Provides resources for foster, kinship, adoptive children and families as well as other families.

Angel Reach
Angel Reach is a faith-based nonprofit organization that works with young adults ages 16-24 who have aged out of the foster care system.

Love Heals Youth
Through LOVE, we HEAL! Our counseling program will help foster care youth rewrite and repurpose their trials and tribulations so they can find acceptance for the present and find freedom from the past.

Access Builds Children
Non-profit organization supporting non-violence and strengthening families by facilitating monitored access with a focus on fostering the parent-child relationship through collaboration, communication and education.

Love Fosters Hope
Supports foster children by providing uniquely designed transformative summer camps, year-round mentoring, outreach to resident treatment centers, campers reunions, and practical support for young adults aging out of foster care.

The Champion Project
A trauma informed mentoring program that works in 24 hour staffed facilities for youth in foster care, to help provide stability and consistency in the lives of teens in foster care.

Hope’s Path
Hope’s Path offers post-foster care support to children who have aged out of the system.

Katie Ferguson, a local Montgomery County foster parent wrote a book in 2022 sharing her family’s experience, REAL…Basic: A foster family’s real journey…which is anything but basic, taking readers through her family’s foster journey. The book shares stories, trials and the real raw reality of what foster families go through. And just this year, Katie’s biological daughter wrote a book from her perspective, REAL…Yes!!! These are both great, real-life resources!

And if becoming a foster parent at this time is not possible, there are other ways you can help. You can consider becoming a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), or become a certified respite caregiver, which means you are trained and qualified to give foster parents a break when/if needed. Foster parents are not able to simply call up a babysitter. And just like any parent, foster parents need and deserve a break as well. You can go through The Riverside Project for babysitter certification.

CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates): https://casaspeaks4kids.com
CASA are court-appointed advocates who work with children to ensure they have voices in the legal process

The Riverside Project: https://riversideproject.org/babysitting/
Stream-lined, multi-agency certification course to equip you to serve families in your community. 

Many local churches, including Restoration Church, have foster care resources/ministries as well.

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