CALM IN THE MIDST OF A STORM

Every day in our community, neglected and abused children enter the foster care system. Due to a shortage of foster families in our area, there isn’t always a foster family with an opening for a child or sibling group. These children may spend days, weeks, or even months sheltering in extended stay hotels or CPS offices. Embrace Texas created Collin House to give children entering foster care a warm, welcoming place to stay while they wait for placement. An expansive yard, cozy bedrooms, and kid-friendly details give children the normalcy and dignity they deserve.

SAFETY

Children who have experienced abuse and neglect often rely on survival skills to obtain food, protect themselves, and to make their way in the world. In a safe and stable environment, these same skills that once protected them may create barriers to connection, learning, and development. Collin House promotes children’s felt-safety through:

  • 24 hour supervision
  • Interactions with safe, trauma-informed adults
  • Access to healthy snacks to reassure children with food insecurity
  • Family style menu planning, activity calendar, and daily routines
  • Privacy and personal space
  • Visits from therapy dogs and horses

BE A KID

Joy can be found, even in the most difficult situations. At Collin House, children have room to grieve, but also room to play. Outdoor activities, art supplies, toys, books, craft lessons, weekly enrichment outings, and holiday celebrations are tools to help children find hope and healing.

LEARNING

Embrace volunteers and staff provide children at Collin House with a variety of enrichment and learning opportunities. Life skills, sewing, gardening, cooking, sports, board games, tutoring, Bible study, and crafts are just a few of the topics children can choose to participate in. Activities are optional, and can be shaped according to the interests of current guests.

HEALING

Children belong in families, not facilities. Collin House is an intentionally short-term residential program, with most guests staying less than 4 weeks. Our goal is for every child to leave Collin House better prepared to join a foster, kinship, or adoptive family. According to each child’s unique needs, they may receive: new clothing, educational or health evaluations, grief counseling, hair and hygiene supplies, school supplies, or job search/readiness help. When a prospective foster family is considered for a child, pre-placement visits at Collin House can make this next step less traumatic and more successful.  

GET INVOLVED

  • Pray for the children who will enter this home, Embrace staff, and CPS caseworkers 
  • Consider helping us outfit the house by gifting items from our Amazon wishlist
  • Use your time and talents to volunteer onsite (lawn mowing, meal preparation, home repairs, tutoring, just to name a few options)
  • Help us welcome and care for more children, serve more families, and change more lives by becoming a monthly financial partner of Embrace

A welcome from Lori

As House Manager, it’s my pleasure to welcome residents, CPS staff, visitors, and volunteers to Collin House. We’re committed to creating a safe, cheery, home-like environment for all of our guests. If you have questions or would like more information about Collin House, please don’t hesitate to reach out.

Sincerely, Lori

lori@embracetexas.org