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Fostering

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)

 

There is a desperate need for licensed foster homes in our area. Some children are having to spend the night in CPS offices from lack of a suitable home for them. 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?

How do you become 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.

  • Choose an agency to become licensed through.

  • Complete pre-service training as required by your agency.

 

I can't provide a foster home, what can I do to help?

  • Partner with a specific foster family and complete agency required trainings to provide respite care and/or babysitting services.

  • Partner with a specific foster family and provide needed items.

  • Partner with a specific foster family and provide lawncare.

  • Provide registration fees for Upwards sports for a foster child.

  • Mentor a child in foster care.

101 Ways to Get Involved in Foster Care

To get your family or small group 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.

Additional trainings required vary by agency. 

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

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?  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, surrender@nbbctx.org 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.

 

Life Matters Upcoming Events

If you need immediate assistance, call 903-746-2305 to reach a Life Matters Team Member

Empowered to Connect Conference: Live Simulcast -April 13-14, 2018

Mobberly's Longview Campus will be a host site for the Empowered to Connect Conference Simulcast. This conference addresses what changes occur in the brain due to childhood trauma and how to effectively navigate a path to attachement and connection with children from hard places. Trust-Based Relational Intervention® methods, as developed by Dr. Karyn Purvis and Dr. David Cross from the Karyn Purvis Institute of Child Development, will be presented. For more information on this conference and its presenters visit Show Hope.

Click here to register to attend the Empowered to Connect Live Simulcast at Mobberly's Longview Campus.

This program has been approved by the National Association of Social Workers for 11 continuing education contact hours (Approval #886649357-2701). If you would like to receive a certificate, you must preregister at etccontinuingeducation2018.eventbrite.com and select the Simulcast registration option. Professionals who desire a certificate of completion that notes hours attended to submit to other accreditation organizations must preregister as well. Show Hope does not guarantee acceptance by any other accreditation organization. Please check with your organization to confirm credit. 

The Connected Child Class • Monday nights beginning January 8, 2018 • 6:30-8:00 pm • D-105 The Bridge

The Connected Child course teaches how to parent children who have experienced traumatic events. Dr. Karen Purvis, who leads the video based study, is a long time expert on children from "hard places". Class will focus on Trust Based Relational Intervention, working with difficult behaviors, attachment and parenting from an attachment approach.

Children prek-6th grade whose parents are attending The Connected Child class are invited to participate in Thrive! For Kids. During Thrive! for Kids, children will learn key elements of The Connected Child, such as identifying feelings, do-overs, gently & kindly interacting with other people, while having fun. Pre-registration is not required.

Childcare for children birth - 3 years is available by reservation - call 903-663-7343 to reserve childcare. For more information on this course, email thrive@mobberly.org.


 

 

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 lifematters@mobberly.org - 903-746-2305

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 –  noel@gracemanor.us - 936.598.3611

Hannah House Maternity Home – www.plministries.org - 903-238-5351

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

Texas Foster Family Association - www.tffa.org - Maud Wright 903.539.1912

Report Abuse: - www.txabusehotline.org - 1.800.252.5400

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