Fostering Family launched in 2018 in response to a number of perceived needs in the city of Houston:
1. The foster care demand consistently outpaces Houston's ability to recruit and train new foster families.
2. Foster families are often lacking in support and under-equipped to face the demands of foster care.
3. There is little unity or meaningful collaboration between agencies and other organizations in Houston.
From the Executive Director:
My husband and I began our foster care journey in 2014. We were extremely blessed to have the full support of a tight-knit and attentive community made up of family and friends. Throughout the process of fostering and adopting, we were struck by the enormity of the need facing the city of Houston. We would have struggled to articulate the need at the time, but we realized that few Houstonians were aware of the need, much less mobilized to meet it. We realized that many foster families were under-equipped for the task (including us). We realized that not every foster family enjoyed the system of support we were afforded. And we were disappointed to see the confusion and lack of collaboration between well-meaning organizations in our city.
In 2017, a fellow foster mom and I attended a conference in Austin, Texas, where I met Julie Kouri, the Executive Director of Fostering Hope Austin. Over the next year, Julie and I began to explore what it might look like to start something similar in Houston. In 2018, we launched Fostering Family.
We are seeking to create easier on-ramps for foster families, and then we want to train those families to understand and connect with traumatized children. We want to provide care and support to foster families through mentoring and a healthy system of support. And we intend to collaborate with any agency, nonprofit, church, business, etc., willing to work with us.
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Amber is a mother of four (one currently in foster care). She worked as a pediatric nurse practitioner prior to her role with Fostering Family, and she has a special interest in health care and its reciprocal impact on foster care. Amber is a Trauma Competent Caregiving trainer, and she is well-acquainted with Houston’s foster care system.
Development & Communications
Megan received both her Bachelors and Masters from Texas A&M. She has experience working as an Individual Giving Coordinator for the Hermann Park Conservancy and Community Relations / Event Manager for Kendra Scott. She specializes in donor relations, but she also has experience with event coordination, marketing, and social media.
The Fostering Family Advisory Board is a team of foster parents who provide non-binding strategic counsel toward the management of the organization. The Advisory Board submits to the Board of Directors for high-level, binding decisions. It does not vote on corporate matters or bear legal fiduciary responsibilities.