The Second Story
The Second Story is a team of churches working together to find a family for every child in North Texas. Children lingering in foster care may drift from placement to placement as they wait, often many years, for a forever family. Children without families live a story of isolation, grief and hopelessness.
We want to give them a new story, a second story. A story filled with hope and restoration. You can be a part of making our vision, a stable loving home for every child, a reality. Embrace holds a unique Memorandum of Understanding with Child Protective Services that allows our staff and Second Story volunteers the incredible opportunity to advocate for specific children in foster care and help find forever families for each precious child. Look below to learn more about joining this incredible volunteer team, partner congregations, and sponsoring a child for a Second Story event.
YOU can make a difference for children lingering in foster care. We can show you how.
Child to Family Connection Events
Unlike traditional adoption “match” events, Embrace’s unique Child to Family Connection events connect prospective adoptive parents, caseworkers, and CASA volunteers to find possible adoptive matches at events where the children are not present. Instead, each child is represented by beautiful portraits and a table display of items that represent each child’s unique personality, interests, and dreams. Churches in Collin County host the event, provide volunteer teams, and collaborate to put on an event that is changing the lives of waiting children. To learn more about how to get involved, email firstname.lastname@example.org
Children waiting for adoption are represented at our unique Child to Family Connection events by a table display that captures their unique interests, hobbies, and dreams. Volunteers who “sponsor” a child for the event are matched with their sponsor child in advance and receive a list of suggested items for their display. Table sponsors shop for and purchase these items that will be on display. After the event, items are sent with the child’s caseworker and later delivered to them! For more information or to sponsor a child, email email@example.com
Lead volunteers from our partner congregations organize and carryout Child to Family Connection events, and other Second Story activities.
Every church involved in The Second Story must also be a member of Embrace Church Network and be located in or near Collin County, Texas. For more information about The Second Story, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Host Portraits of Hope
Portraits of Hope is a mobile photographic exhibit of children in foster care, waiting for adoption. You can host this impactful gallery at your church or business and be a part of finding adoptive families for children lingering in foster care. You can also sponsor a child’s portrait in the gallery by visiting our giving portal under “give” in the menu.
Sustaining donors commit to monthly financial support of Embrace. These partners allow the organization to respond quickly and proactively to needs we see in the community, or foresee in the near future. This steady source of revenue preserves staff time and effort for helping children and families in our community, as opposed to fundraising. No amount is too big or small. These monthly donors are creating a strong foundation for Embrace. To become a sustaining donor with Embrace click here, enter the amount you’d like to give each month, then select the “make this a recurring donation” option.
Become an Adoptive Parent
Have you ever considered becoming a foster or adoptive parent? With over 1,400 children in North Texas waiting for adoption, the need is great in our community. Embrace is here to support you, step by step, as you become licensed to open your home. Just getting started? Consider attending one of our First Steps informational meetings. Not sure you’re in a situation to foster or adopt? Take a minute to read through some common myths and misconceptions about opening your home. Ready to move forward? Make sure you’re keeping up with all the incredible resources and supports Embrace provides to families in our community.
Photographers donate their time and talent to capture incredible images of children in foster care waiting for adoption. These portraits are valuable tools we’re putting in the hands of heavily burdened caseworkers. The portraits are used online, in the Portraits of Hope gallery, and at Child to Family Connection events to help find families for children. All volunteers working with children must be background checked and donate all images to Embrace.
Corporate & In-Kind Donations
We ❤️ our corporate partners and business owners who contribute to the ministry through in-kind donations. Local businesses come alongside our efforts to provide meeting space, meals, family outings, and raffle prizes. They sponsor fundraising events such as our golf tournament or charity clay shoot. Some partners roll up their sleeves and volunteer as a team at Embrace events. However you get involved, we appreciate you! To learn more, complete this form on our corporate partner page.