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Reach 100

Did you know?

Over 70% of the children picked up by Child & Family Protective Services in Gregg, Upshur and Harrison Counties are sent out of our region due to a severe shortage of families willing to provide that foster care.

James 1:27 “Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself unstained by the world.” (HCSB)

The Initiative

Starting May 19th, “REACH 100” Initiative is an initiative by Mobberly’s LifeMatters to call this body of Christ to step up and respond to this significant need in our community by being trained and equipped to provide homes for 100 foster children in our region.

REACH 100 Update

At the time of the Initiative, we had 1-2 families fostering. Since May, we have had:

  • 12 family units(Couples and Single Moms) go through training and are in the process of becoming certified as foster parents

  • 2 family committed to and awaiting training

  • 3 foster children being placed with two of the above families

  • 4 foster children represented by a Mobberly member as their CASA worker

  • 1 foster teen being mentored by a Mobberly couple

  • 3 children adopted by a Mobberly family

  • 4 children in the process of adoption by 2 Mobberly families

  • “Connected Child” classes provided by Mobberly’s LifeMatters Ministry attended by 21 foster/adoptive parents

  • Adult Small Groups providing financial assistance to those fostering or preparing to foster

  • Youth Small Groups collecting items for and volunteering at the “Legacy Closet”(a donation facility for foster parents)

What is God calling you, your family or your Small Group to do to make a difference in the lives of foster children in our area?

What does it mean to be a foster parent?

  • Be interested in providing a temporary home for children

  • Be legally married for at least two years (Unmarried, single applicants also eligible to apply)

  • Be at least 21 years of age

  • Have a high school diploma, G.E.D

  • Have access to transportation

  • Have a work schedule that allows for at least one parent to be with the child before and after school, on the weekends, and during the child's sleeping hours.

  • Attend PRIDE training at Mobberly - (Click on Events tab for more details)

What does it mean to provide respite care?

  • Be a long-term babysitter (keep a family's foster children anywhere from 1 night to 1 week)    

  • Attend PRIDE training at Mobberly - (Click on Events tab for more details)

To get your family involved:

Questions about beginning the adoption process? Need support as an adoptive couple or single parent? Meet with members of the Life Matters team here at Mobberly any Wednesday evening in the Bridge D101 from 6-8 p.m.

PRIDE Classes


The CPS program requires potential foster parents to attend the PRIDE training. PRIDE is a competency-based program consisting of 10 three-hour sessions, and covers topics ranging from attachment issues, loss issues, discipline, effects of abuse and neglect, sexual abuse, and the effects of fostering and adopting on the family. PRIDE is taught through a co-trainer model that consists of an agency trainer and a foster or adoptive parent trainer. PRIDE is designed to train prospective foster and adoptive parents together.

Click on our Resources tab for links and contact information to helpful agencies such as: ABBA Fund, Buckner, Grace Manor, and Presbyterian Children's Home. 

Surrendering the Secret

Surrendering the Secret is an 8-week closed group designed to bring together women who have faced an abortion in their past. Millions of women silently carry the pain and heart break of a previous abortion alone. God desires to heal all of His children from our past and set us on a course toward the abundant life He has planned for us. I am a woman who has surrendered her secret of abortion. In Christ, there is healing, there is hope, and there is freedom!

Do you have the same secret? Please join us for Surrendering the Secret beginning September 2013. We provide a safe and confidential environment that facilitates healing and restoration. The experience will forever change you!

Contact Kacy Withrow at 903.738.2634, kacywithrow@gmail.com, or call Expectant Heart Pregnancy Resource Center at 903.931.3124 for more information. Inquiries are confidential!

Life Matters supports those women in crisis pregnancy through the following ministries:

Expectant Heart

www.expectantheart.org / 903.931.3124
Have you recently taken a pregnancy test or missed a period? Are you pregnant? If a baby is not in your plans, you may be feeling like your world is crashing in around you. We are here to help, you don't have to go through this alone. Our desire is to stop your world from spinning out of control by providing free, long term support. We're not here to judge or tell you what you should decide. We don't make any money off of anything you choose to do. We're here to provide you with a free lab quality pregnancy test and medically accurate information. Our trained volunteers will go over all of your options with you if your pregnancy test result is positive and walk you through the ways we can help.

Hannah House

www.plministries.org / 903.238.5351
Our mission is to reach out to teens and young women in a crisis pregnancy situation; to provide an alternative to abortion such as adoption or parenting; to develop better decision-making, life, and parenting skills; to further education; to build stronger belief and understanding of the family; to glorify God and share His word and answers for today’s world.

Life Matters 

Wednesdays • 6-8 p.m. • D101

Meet with members of the Life Matters team any Wednesday night for support, encouragement & prayer.

Life Matters Support Informational 

Wednesday May 28  6-8 p.m. • The Parlor

The Informational will provide knowledge needed for parents investigating adoption or fostering, and for volunteers who want tangible ways to support these families.  For those already in process of adoption or fostering, there will be sessions for further encouragement and wisdom in parenting. Local organizations will be represented to communicate helpful resources available for families. "


Surrendering the Secret

Surrendering the Secret is an 8-week closed group designed to bring together women who have faced an abortion in their past. Millions of women silently carry the pain and heart break of a previous abortion alone. God desires to heal all of His children from our past and set us on a course toward the abundant life He has planned for us. I am a woman who has surrendered her secret of abortion. In Christ, there is healing, there is hope, and there is freedom!

Do you have the same secret? Please join us for Surrendering the Secret beginning September 2013. We provide a safe and confidential environment that facilitates healing and restoration. The experience will forever change you!

Contact Kacy Withrow at 903.738.2634, kacywithrow@gmail.com, or call Expectant Heart Pregnancy Resource Center at 903.931.3124 for more information. All inquiries are confidential!

Be A Family Informational Meetings are held the 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7:00 p.m. at the Buckner Office located at 110 East Cotton St. Longview.

ABBA Fund

ABBA Fund provides interest-free covenant loans to Christian couples who are called by God to expand their families through adoption and who need help with the “cash-flow crunch” posed by adoption expenses. LifeMatters has established an ABBA Fund for Mobberly families. Visit www.ABBAFund.org.

Contact Information

Adoption, Crisis Pregnancy and Foster Care Services

Mobberly Life Matters Leadership Team – for more information contact carolg@mobberly.org or call 903.663.7345.

CASA – Court Appointed Special Advocate - www.easttexascasa.org - 903.753.8093

Community Partners – Rainbow Room: a resource room for foster families, case workers, & CPS - Nancy Eldridge 903.757.0588

Buckner – Foster care & adoption www.buckner.org or 903.757.9383

CPS – Child Protective Services - www.dfps.state.tx.us - Shelly Johnson-Foster/Adoptive Home Developer - 903.233.5256 or shelly.johnson2@dfps.state.tx.us

Grace Manor – 936.598.3611 or noel@gracemanor.us

Presbyterian Childrens Home & Services – 903.758.3096 or kim.clough@pchas.org

Hannah House Maternity Home – www.plministries.org – Brenda Arce 817.578.1707

Expectant Heart Pregnancy Resource Center – www.expectantheart.org - 903.931.3124

Texas Foster Family Association - www.tffa.org - Maud Wright 903.581.8148

Report Abuse: 1.800.252.5400 - www.txabusehotline.org

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