Embrace Texas Blog

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 […]

The Quandary of Foster Care

You’re a foster parent, and you’re standing on the other side of that little half wall in the courtroom with your mouth agape in disbelief.  How did this happen?  How did so many adults with college degrees and positions of authority, people who should do what’s in the best interest of a child, do exactly […]

So Your Pastor Doesn’t Get It

Here’s how the conversation tends to go.  After a series of questions and answers about foster parenting or adoption or starting an orphan care ministry… Me:  It sounds like you have a great passion for this… how else can we help? Them:  My pastor doesn’t get it.  To him (or her), it’s just a trend or an […]

The Spiritual Act of Unclogging a Toilet

We were staying at an RV Park five minutes from our house as we transitioned from life in suburbia to life on the road. We had setup in the rain while the children were relegated to wait in the van, and all of them were in dire need of the one shared bathroom available. We […]