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.
To get your family or small group involved:
Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 903-746-2305
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.
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!
Life Matters supports those women in crisis pregnancy through the following ministries:
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.
Wednesday nights beginning August 31 • 6-8 p.m. • D105
Interested in more information on fostering or adopting? Want to know more on how to get started? Meet with members of the Life Matters team any Wednesday night for support, encouragement & prayer. Life Matters Info Central will begin Wednesday, August 31st. Please call 903-746-2305 or email email@example.com if you need immediate assistance.
Monday nights beginning September 12 • 6:30-8:00 p.m., in D-105, at Mobberly Baptist Church...The Connected Child course which helps and supports parents as they are raising children who have come through trauma. It will include a book, study guide and videos with real scenarios. Dr. Karen Purvis, co-author of this book, is a long time expert on children from "hard places". Class will be lead by team of local social workers and parents who are trained and in the trenches. To register for this course, please complete this form.
While parents are attending The Connected Child course, kids in their care can attend their own support group. Kids will meet upstairs in the Bridge and will learn about God's love for them and His continued presence with them thru the Orbie For Orphans curriculum. This group will be led by volunteers with a heart for foster and adopted children. To register your children for this group, please complete this form.
Blend Conference 2016: Fall Edition - October 1, 2016
Blend is a conference for foster/adopt families who need continuing education hours for their agency requirements. The event is free and childcare is offered on a first come, first served basis. Registration required.
Seminar topics include:
Reunification in the court by Judge Womack (All Participants)
Brain Knowledge by Dr. Winstead
What does communication have to do with it? by Project Hope
Sex Trafficking by Detective Stiles
Sensory Issues by Jamie Brown
TBRI and its effects by Georgia Beard
Containment and it's effects on the family by Linda Kimberly
To register, click here.
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.
Adoption, Crisis Pregnancy and Foster Care Services
Mobberly Life Matters Leadership Team – for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.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
Grace Manor – email@example.com - 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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