Fostering Family is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit committed to strengthening foster/kinship families and the communities that surround them through training and collaboration.
We launched in 2018 in response to a number of perceived needs in the city of Houston:
The foster care demand consistently outpaces Houston's ability to recruit and train new foster families.
Foster families are often lacking in support and under-equipped to face the demands of foster care.
Churches are often uninformed as to the need and/or unsure how to get involved.
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.
Thanks for stopping by our website! Please don’t hesitate to contact us if we can serve you in any way.
Amber is a mother of 4, including 2 adopted through foster care. She has a BSN from Baylor and an MSN from the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston. Prior to founding Fostering Family, Amber worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, specializing in pediatric community health and school-based healthcare. She is a certified trainer in the Trauma Competent Caregiver (TCC) curriculum and was recently appointed Chair of the Provider’s Workgroup for the Coalition for Child Serving Sectors, a collaborative project within Harris County’s child welfare system spearheaded by the Texas Alliance for Child and Family Services.
Development & Comms
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 and fundraising, but she also has experience with event coordination, marketing, and social media. Megan and her husband, Calvin, are currently in process to become certified foster parents.
Training & Education
Kathleen earned a Master of Social Work from the U of H, following a degree in Family and Human Services from John Brown University. She has served as a research assistant focusing on child welfare, as a direct care provider at an emergency shelter for children and youth in foster care, and as a Therapeutic Case Manager for the homeless population. She is a Licensed Master Social Worker (LMSW), and she is in process to become a Trauma Competent Caregiver (TCC) trainer. Kathleen is well-equipped to train, educate, and coach individuals and groups toward sustainable change within the child welfare system.
Board of Directors
The Board of Directors gives oversight to the Executive Director and staff, managing the affairs and property of Fostering Family. Every member of the Board is a current or former foster parent.