Fostering Family is a 501(c)(3) non-profit committed to strengthening Houston's foster and kinship families and the communities that surround them through training and collaboration.
There are currently ~3,000 foster children in the Houston region, but only ~2,000 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 homeless. 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.
There are many reasons for this shortfall, but we believe it highlights three 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 to (1) create healthy, relational on-ramps for foster families and others looking to serve, (2) mentor, support, and train foster families to understand and connect with traumatized children, and (3) nurture collaborative relationships and coordination between agencies, nonprofits, churches, and businesses throughout the Houston region.
We host a stream-lined, multi-agency certification course for foster care babysitters. The purpose of this collaborative is threefold: (1) to support foster families, (2) to recruit foster families, (3) to facilitate collaboration between agencies.
The Riverside Project
We want to assist in the cultivation of community-based ecosystems wherein foster families can thrive and multiply. We want to resource communities of faith to take ownership of their respective corners of the city, whether prevention, intervention, or restoration.
In the future, we want to equip caregivers (family, teachers, counselors, pediatricians, etc.) to understand and connect with traumatized children. Not only is this good for Houston’s children, this serves to (1) increase foster family effectiveness and longevity and (2) recruit more foster families.
Get certified to babysit foster children.
Foster or adopt a child.
Support the foster families within your community.
Mentor aged-out teens.
Connect us with your faith community.