Embrace Texas Blog

Donation Drives

Hosting a donation drive can a be a fun way to work together as a church, business, team or small group to help children and families in need. Embrace only collects specific items, so make sure to check with our staff and read the following tips BEFORE hosting a donation drive. FAQ’s Q: Does Embrace […]

The Heart of the Home

You’ve probably heard the phrase, “The kitchen is the heart of a home.” If that is true, then my home is [currently] in critical condition. Our kitchen is being remodeled (yes, during the month of December), and never have I been more keenly aware of how many critical family functions take place in the kitchen. […]

Warning Signs of Sexual Abuse in Children

Here are 5 Safety Tip for the Holidays. Are you aware of some of the most common warning signs of sexual abuse in children? These behaviors don’t mean that a child has been sexually abused, but adults who observe several of these warning signs in a child should take note, and take action. A local […]

Foster Parenting Myths DEBUNKED

Have you considered becoming a foster parent but are unsure if fostering is a good fit for the season of life you’re in? Do you feel called to foster but encumbered by obstacles (genuine or perceived) that are delaying your obedience in this area? We want to challenge you to investigate some of the most […]

Locating Missing Children in CPS Conservatorship

Children are in foster care because they, or their sibling(s), have experienced abuse and/or neglect. Having experienced trauma in their lives, these young children are particularly vulnerable to being exploited by outside persons. When a child is in CPS conservatorship and runs away, it is extremely important that the agency put every effort to quickly […]

Keys to foster parent recruitment & retention in Texas

The following is a transcript of an invited testimony given by Denise Kendrick, Executive Director of Embrace Texas, to the Senate Committee on Health & Human Services on March 22, 2018. Kendrick was given 7 minutes to address obstacles prevent prospective foster families from completing the licensing process and how to improve retention of existing […]

Before You Write That Check…

Here we are, almost to the end of the year. Decorating is well underway, and shopping and wrapping are daily activities. Our “To Do” lists grow longer and longer as we hurtle toward the holidays. And with the holidays comes the never-ending list of “opportunities” to give to those in need. After all, who can […]

Let’s Do This

As the new school year has begun, the need for advocating and championing our children is reinvigorated.   This year our son entered kindergarten.   As I filled out the paperwork, there were so many things that I could answer (where he went to preschool,  what he loves, what scares him, his birthdate) but there […]

The Plot Twist

I’m a bit of a movie snob, but nothing captures my praise and attention like a well-played twist in the plot. Many of my favorite movies; Sixth Sense, The Village, The Prestige, Planet of the Apes, and The Sting hooked me with one “WHAT IN THE WORLD?!?! I did NOT see that coming!” moment. Even […]

Be a Friend

You’re a friend.  Someone who is trusted enough for a family to identify you as a support when they travel the journey of foster care or adoption.  You want to help.  You may have even considered fostering or adopting yourself, but any number of barriers has kept you from doing so.  Nonetheless, you’re excited about […]