a guiding light to families in need
Family Beacon is an initiative working upstream to restore families and prevent child abuse and neglect before foster care is necessary. We work with at-risk families and provide safe childcare through Christian homes while parents are coached and helped to find housing and employment or break cycles of addiction. Referrals come from Child Protective Services, local Independent School Districts, churches, homeless shelters, or directly from the family in need.
If your church is interested in participating in Family Beacon, go to the Embrace Church Network page to learn how to become an ECN Church Partner.
How is Family Beacon different from foster care or adoption?
Family Beacon is a church-based alternative to foster care where the resources and assets of local churches wrap-around Client Families, Client Coaches, Beacon Homes, and Home Coaches. Families served through Family Beacon voluntarily place their children with a Beacon Home and become active participants in the restoration of their family while working alongside a Client Coach. Beacon Homes are not paid or reimbursed, work with the team to keep children connected to their parents, and encourage reunification as long as they are in our care. Client Coaches provide case management services to parents in a relational setting utilizing the network and assets of the family and your local church to help with housing, employment, addiction recovery, or other needs of the Client Family. Child Protective Services is not involved unless abandonment occurs or the extent of abuse or neglect is found to be more severe than originally conveyed. The child maintains contact with their parents while with the Beacon Home and is aware of progress towards reunification. Family Beacon is not intended to lead to adoption. All efforts are focused on restoring a child to their parents.
Who can be served by Family Beacon?
Family Beacon is available to families with children between 0 and 18 years old. Family Beacon does not provide housing for parents, and all cases must be intent on family restoration. The availability of Family Beacon is dependent upon the agreement of Client Families, Beacon Homes and Client Coaches to place a child for any length of time.
Will we see the child or parents again after the family is reunified?
Yes. The Client Coach will follow through with the Client Family for at least six months, and we encourage all team members to maintain contact into the future. Family Beacon is not intended to be a business transaction of services but a relational platform to develop mutually beneficial relationships exemplifying the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
How long do children stay with Beacon Homes?
Depending upon the Client Family’s unique situation, a Beacon Home will host their children anywhere from several days to three months. Also, a child may stay in intervals over the course of weeks/months or a continuous stay for the duration. There is also the possibility of a Client Family utilizing Family Beacon multiple times in a given period until a sustainable solution is achieved.
How are Beacon Homes licensed?
Families desiring to become a Beacon Home attend a 2.5 hour training class which addresses topics such as child development, trauma, grief and loss, and “When Helping Hurts” themes (based on the book by Steve Corbett and Brian Fikkert). Beacon Homes also must have an approved home study verifying the safety of their home and minimum standards set by Embrace Texas. When a child is placed with a Beacon Home, Embrace Texas is taking on legal responsibility for them, and the Beacon Home receives the ability to take a child to the hospital, enroll them in school, etc.
Are Beacon Homes insured?
Yes, Embrace Texas insures its Board of Directors, Staff, and volunteers participating in our programs. We train all Beacon Homes to be prudent in their parenting decisions while encouraging them to provide as normal an experience for the children in their care as possible.
How do you keep children and their parents connected?
Because our only goal is to restore families, we want children to remain as connected to their parents as possible. This means Client Families will maintain contact over the phone as well as take opportunities on a regular basis to meet Beacon Home families at parks, restaurants, and other public settings to spend time with their child. Prior to children being placed with a Beacon Home, the children will also know what the projected timeline is for reunification and have a voice in the process.
Will the parents come to my home?
Client Family and Beacon Home communication and visitation is agreed upon prior to hosting a child. Initially, all meetings will occur in at a neutral site. As trust is built and maintained, parents may potentially come to a Beacon Home’s house for meals or visits as it is appropriate and opportunities allow.
Can you spank a child as Beacon Home?
No. All children have behaviors that require discipline; however, Beacon Homes will be trained with other parenting tools to help client children cope and regulate their emotions, assimilate into a new routine in a new environment, and mature as is appropriate with their age and experience.
Can I adopt through Family Beacon?
No. We believe Family Beacon is the most biblical example of caring for children and families in need by prioritizing the kinsman-redeemer (Leviticus 25:25) teaching in Scripture to keep families intact when possible. In the event, a child is abandoned while with a Beacon Home, the Embrace Texas staff will address that situation along with the team members to determine the best course of action in the child’s best interest.
What is the role of a Client Coach?
Client Coaches provide case management for Client Families and work to create long-term goals and identify resources for parents in need of housing, employment, addiction recovery, etc. A Client Coach assists the Client Family to determine the family’s existing assets and gaps of need to work together towards restoration. A child may not be placed with a Beacon Home until a Client Coach is assigned to the Client Family in order to ensure the wrap-around support for all team members involved is in place. A Client Coach plays a vital role working alongside Beacon Homes and Client Families to ensure expectations are met and progress is made towards reunification and family restoration. Each Client Coach takes part in the same 2.5 hour, trauma-informed class as Beacon Homes and must have a cleared background check provided through Verified Volunteers.
Have another question? Contact us!
Thank you for considering us for your family’s needs. We are here to help. Family Beacon was established to help restore you and your family and keep your family whole. We utilize the compassion and resources of local churches in Collin County in order to join you in caring for your family. You are the primary agent of change for your family’s future, and if you are willing to fight for your child and family’s well-being, we are willing to fight by your side!
What to Expect:
When you are ready, an Embrace Staff Member will meet with you to determine if Family Beacon is right for your needs, conduct an intake evaluation, and listen to what you want for your family.
Upon approval, we will pair you with a Family Coach and Host Family who will meet with you and your child. (This may take some time depending upon the availability of Family Coaches and Host Families.) Together, you will determine when the best time to place your child with the Host Family is and establish some expectations for working together. We expect you to meet with your Host Family at least once each week with daily communication between you and your child and work with your Family Coach to obtain the help you need in order to restore your family.
We will add you to The Loop so you can post needs for you and your child as they arise regardless of whether that is before, during or after your child’s stay with the Host Family.
We limit hostings to 4 months since it is our goal to help you find stable housing and employment to reunify your family as soon as you are in a place where it can be sustained. We do ask you to follow up and meet with your team for at least six (6) months after your child has returned home to ensure stability in your family. Adoption is not a component of the Family Beacon program so our Host Families and Family Coaches are 100% committed to the restoration of your family.
You are invited and welcomed to the church of your child’s Host Family and your Family Coach each week. We believe the Church is a supportive environment that ultimately carries the solution to our universal problem of sin, and that solution is the Gospel. We pray you will come to know Christ while connected to Family Beacon and join a local church, but church attendance nor acceptance of Christ is required for us to serve you. Thank you again for considering us to help your family.
For more information or to get started, fill out the contact form below.
Thank you for giving your time and commitment to families in need! Client Coaches are a strategic component of the restoration process for our clients providing case management, life coaching, and a conduit to the assets and resources of your local church. We will equip you to meet the needs of these adults and engage your church in wrapping around their family!
What to Expect:
As soon as you commit, we will train you in a 2.5 hour, trauma-informed intensive that will equip you to work alongside our Client Families. Much of this training will be helpful, but until you are “on the job” it will all feel new. Once you have gone through training, we will email you a link to obtain a background check through Verified Volunteers. This check has to be renewed each year and costs approx. $50. Upon receiving confirmation of your cleared background check, we will pair you with a Beacon Home receiving a placement from a Client Family. This may take some time depending upon needs as they arise.
Our staff and your Church Lead will help you establish a framework to determine milestones and goals so you can provide accountability to this process. We expect you to meet with your Client Family at least once each month with weekly communication and work in concert with the Beacon Home towards reunification.
To get started or for more information, fill out the form below.
Thank you for giving your family to families in need! Beacon Homes are a strategic component of the restoration process for our clients providing overnight childcare and helping children heal and acclimate in a new environment. We will equip you to meet the needs of these children and engage your church in wrapping around your family so you are supported!
What to Expect:
As soon as you commit, we will train you in a 2.5 hour, trauma-informed intensive that will equip you to work alongside our Client Families and Beacon Coaches. Much of this training will be helpful, but until you are “on the job” it will all feel new. Once you have gone through training, we will email you a link to obtain a background check through Verified Volunteers. This check has to be renewed each year and costs approx. $50 per person. It is required for all persons in your home over the age of 18. Upon receiving confirmation of your household’s cleared background check, we will conduct a home study of your home and family. This home study will reflect the safety of your property, and the capacity of your marriage and family to care for a child in need. We will ask questions about your parenting style, method(s) of discipline, salvation and walk with Christ, and any unresolved trauma from your past.
Upon an approved home study, we will pair you with a Beacon Coach when receiving a placement from a Client Family. This may take some time depending upon needs as they arise. Our staff, your Church Lead, and Beacon Coach will help establish a framework to determine milestones and goals providing accountability to the team through the process of reunification. We expect you to meet with your Client Parent at least once each week with daily communication between the child and parent and work in concert with the Beacon Coach towards reunification.
Hostings average 4-6 weeks, but we will know more about the unique circumstances surrounding the Client Family after they are referred or identified to determine some expectations for you and the other team members.
To get started or for more information, fill out the form below.
Thank you for giving your time and commitment to families in need! Home Coaches are a strategic component of support and accountability for Beacon Homes providing care for the children of our Client Families. We will equip you to meet the needs of these adults and engage your church in wrapping around their family!
What to Expect:
As soon as you commit, we will train you in a 2.5 hour, trauma-informed intensive that will equip you to work alongside our Beacon Homes. Much of this training will be helpful, but until you are “on the job” it will all feel new. Once you have gone through training, we will email you a link to obtain a background check through Verified Volunteers. This check has to be renewed each year and costs approx. $50. Upon receiving confirmation of your cleared background check, we will pair you with a Beacon Home receiving a placement from a Client Family. This may take some time depending upon needs as they arise.
Our staff and your Church Lead will help you establish a framework to determine milestones and goals so you can provide accountability to this process. We expect you to meet with your Beacon Home at least once each month with weekly communication and work in concert with the Client Coach and their Client Family towards reunification.
Click here to view the Quick Guide to Being a Beacon Home Coach. To get started or for more information, fill out the form below.
Below is a link to obtain your background check, the forms needed to apply (online & downloadable versions available), a pre-checklist to ensure your house is ready for your home study, and a window to schedule your home study!
Step 1: FORMS
In the event you are unable to use an online form or lack the time required to fill forms out online, here is each form in a fillable PDF format. While Family Beacon is not the equivalent of foster care, Embrace upholds the priority of child safety; therefore, documentation to ensure standards remain at the highest level for the quality of care provided to children and families is required.
Click on the link for each document below, fill out and submit to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Reference the Family Beacon Volunteer Checklist to ensure you have submitted all of the necessary documentation.
Volunteer Application for Client Coaches, Beacon Homes & Home Coaches
Online Form -or- Downloadable & Fillable Form
The Application is required for all Family Beacon Volunteers. The Application takes approx. 45-60 minutes to fill out so please be prepared to complete the application and return it to our office using the instructions in the form.
Volunteer Assessment Form
Online Form -or- Downloadable/Fillable Form
Every Client Coach, Beacon Home & Home Coach needs to fill out an Assessment Form. Our staff will reference this when conducting your home study or interview.
Volunteer Reference Form
Online Form -or- Downloadable/Fillable Form
Each Family Beacon Volunteer provides three (3) references in the Application. The Volunteer Reference Form should be provided to each reference to be returned to our office prior to begin volunteering in whatever capacity is identified.
Step 2: BACKGROUND CHECK
Click the button below to get your background check through Verified Volunteers started today if you are applying as a Client Coach, Beacon Home, or Beacon Family. The cost is approx. $60 per person and the check is good for one year. You can share your background check with other organizations you serve with as well to save time and money. All of your information stays between you and Verified Volunteers so its more secure.
Step 3: SCHEDULE HOME STUDY with PRE-CHECKLISTS
Print the Pre-Checklists (Environment & Fire Compliance, Family Beacon Home Screening) to ensure your home is environmentally compliant for fire and child safety before we come in order to expedite the home study process. Then, schedule your home study using Calendly!