Fostering Family is a non-profit committed to strengthening Houston's foster and kinship families and the communities that surround them through training and collaboration.
There are currently 3,093 foster children in the Houston region, but only 2,270 foster families. The result of this shortfall, alongside various other factors, is that hundreds of teens age out of the foster system each year. These aged-out teens are among the most vulnerable, marginalized, helpless, and “at risk” human beings in the city of Houston. 60-90% of human trafficking victims were at one time in the child welfare system. 20% of aged out teens instantly become homes. 50% develop a substance dependence. 60% of the young men are convicted of a crime, and 70% of the young women are pregnant by the age of 21.
We believe these statistics highlight 3 fundamental problems: (1) The number of children entering the child welfare system consistently outpaces Houston's ability to recruit and train new foster families. (2) Foster families are under-supported 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.
Fostering Family works (1) to create healthy, relational on-ramps for foster families and others looking to serve, (2) to mentor, support, and train foster families to understand and connect with traumatized children, and (3) to nurture collaborative relationships and coordination between agencies, nonprofits, churches, and businesses throughout the Houston region.
The Babysitting Collaborative
A stream-lined, multi-agency certification course for foster care babysitters. Threefold purpose: (1) support foster families, (2) recruit foster families, (3) facilitate collaboration between agencies.
Trauma-Informed Care Training
Equip caretakers to understand and connect with traumatized children. Dual purpose: (1) increase foster family effectiveness and longevity and (2) recruit foster families.
Faith-Based Community Initiatives
Cultivate community-based ecosystems wherein foster families can thrive and multiply. We want to resource each community to take ownership of its corner of the city. This is a grassroots solution to a grassroots problem.
# foster children/# foster homes (DFPS Regional Statistics November 2018)
60-90% aged out teens trafficked: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-trafficking-fostercare/without-family-u-s-children-in-foster-care-easy-prey-for-human-traffickers-idUSKBN1I40OM
20% instantly homeless, 50% substance abuse, 60% convicted of crime, 70% pregnant
7/10 causes of death: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3968319/
Faith Based Initiatives:
Christians 50% more likely to adopt: https://www.barna.com/research/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-adoption/#.UnvPco2E7Tw