The Second Story is a community of churches working together to find a family for every child in North Texas.  Children without families is an injustice, and, in the spirit of Psalm 68:5-6, we work to reverse the trend of children waiting to be adopted.

Children without families live a story of isolation, neglect, abuse, and hopelessness.  Many of them experience disrupted placements moving from home to home due to their behaviors which stem from a lack of healing in loving and stable families.

We want to give them a new story, a second story.

One that is filled with hope and restoration in a home supported by a local church providing encouragement and resources for the child and parents working together.

For more information on how The Second Story initiative works, see the tabs below or click on your county or area’s section to the right.  To meet some of the children we are looking for families for, visit the Texas Heart Gallery.

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Over 1,000 children
waiting to be adopted
in North Texas.
Click your county below to find out how your church can participate!

The Second Story in Collin County is led by partner churches of the Embrace Church Network!

Contact denise@embracetexas.org to learn more and CLICK HERE to join ECN and get started!

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Ohana Ministries is currently developing The Second Story initiative in Dallas & Ellis Counties!  CLICK HERE for more info!

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Join Hope Fort Worth to partner in the Second Story initiative in Tarrant, Johnson, Somervell, Hood, Erath, Parker, and Palo Pinto counties!  CLICK HERE for more info!

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Don't see your county? Contact us and learn how to find families for the children in your area!

What is the role of participating churches?

Partnering churches develop a team of volunteers who are trained to advocate for a child waiting to be adopted from their community.  Churches commit to advocating for their child up until six months following adoption.  Each team has regular efforts that include:

  • visiting their child at least once a month
  • communicating with their child’s caseworker, CASA, and/or foster parents weekly
  • praying for the child by name each week as a team
  • helping meet unmet tangible needs that arise for the child, family, or caseworker
  • developing media to help the child tell their story in their own voice
  • advocating for the child’s adoption through their church’s network

What is the role of Embrace Texas?

Embrace Texas established the original memorandum of understanding with Child Protective Services (CPS) in Texas to grant churches access to children waiting to be adopted in order to advocate for their permanency and well-being.  This allows churches to directly support these children and their caretakers.  Today, we help lead the initiative in our local area but also work to multiply initiatives like The Second Story across the State of Texas.  For more information about how to develop an initiative like The Second Story in your county or area, contact us.

How does my church get involved?

Interested churches contact the Christian organization in their county implementing The Second Story or similar initiative and are vetted to ensure the church understands the commitment being made to the child that will be matched with them.  The church then identifies a lead volunteer who begins to recruit their team along with their church staff liaison.  Following the volunteer training and background approval provided by the implementing organization, the child is identified for the church, and the team begins advocating.  Churches are asked to contribute financially to support the initiative and commit a volunteer to helping organize strategic efforts.

What are match events?

Each year, partnering churches organize “match events” where children waiting to be adopted are represented.  Each child’s caseworker, attorney ad item, and/or CASA share their child’s story at a table specifically tailored to that child’s interests with a video of the child when available.  Licensed foster and adoptive families have the opportunity to learn about each child and submit their home study for the children they are interested in adopting while prospective foster and adoptive families participate in an orientation regarding the licensing process prior to learning more about each child.  Child Placing Agencies (CPAs) are also available to work with families and encourage matches between children and families.

What if a child isn't adopted?

Due to the profound trauma and difficulty some of our children face and the lack of families prayerfully considering their response to the biblical instruction to care for orphans, there is always the possibility they will not be adopted.  In these circumstances, we always encourage churches to remain committed to each child until they have transitioned out of foster care where they can then utilize the church’s network and resources to help them receive the services they need as a young adult.  In these instances, needs like temporary housing, ongoing and secondary education, employment, transportation, and mentoring are all vital supports to prevent incarceration, homelessness, trafficking, or unplanned pregnancy which can lead to repeating the cycle of trauma these individuals suffered from as children.

Manny, age 12

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Emanuel goes by “Manny” and it suits him very well. He is a sweet and friendly boy who loves to play with blocks, watch cartoons, and play games on his tablet to help him learn letters, colors and shapes. He is eager to help when he’s given a task. He loves animals and enjoys petting the small dog in the home. Manny is diagnosed on the Autism Spectrum. He sets some limits to physical touch but, once familiar, gives amazing hugs. His smile lights up the room.  Manny has been in speech therapy and just recently said his first full sentence.  Manny also enjoys being outside and is excited when an adult will go for a walk with him. Change and transition can be difficult for him. He responds well to consistency and structure.  He may need extra support and reassurance during big transitions, such as moving.

Contact Jillian Locke to submit your home study.

Alex - age 12

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Alex is a beautiful 12-year-old girl. She can be quiet and reserved upon meeting new people. However, she will open up once she gets to know you and is talkative and friendly. She is a bright child who enjoys art (coloring and crafts), playing Minecraft and other games on her tablet. She enjoys spending time outdoors and likes riding her bike and jumping on the trampoline. She participated in gymnastics recently and really enjoyed tumbling. She attends an after school program and enjoys playing with her friends. She has a strong personality and will not hesitate to say what is on her mind. She has been through many hardships and is very resilient and a survivor! She can be inattentive and struggles with oppositional defiance but is making an effort to work on behavioral issues.

Contact Veronica Klement to submit your home study.

Cynthia, age 13 - Sophia, age 12 - Olivia, age 8

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Olivia enjoys school, is fun and energetic and has a great sense of humor. She gets along well with the other children and her teachers. If you asked, her favorite subject would be recess, but then she would say, “No, really. I like art.”  She still enjoys playing with dolls and is a typical 8-year-old girl. She likes to laugh and be silly. She likes going to new places and trying new foods. She loves strawberry lemonade! A “forever home” for Olivia would be one that is stable and consistent. It would have appropriate and clear consequences. It would be a home that would provide love and encouragement to allow her to grow into a respectful and responsible young lady.

Sophia is a seventh grader and enjoys school.  Her favorite subject is science. She loves music and art. She was in a performance this summer and was thrilled because she had both a speaking and singing part. She will likely end up joining the ranks of Julia Child and the Barefoot Contessa because cooking is her passion. She thinks she would eventually like to go to culinary school and become a chef. She is currently receiving therapy and will need to continue in her adoptive home.  She will thrive in a home environment that is high in nurturing and trust. She is delightful to be with. She enjoys going out to dinner and trying new things. She is currently in a foster home with her two sisters. Her younger brother lives in a different home. Ideally, she wants to live in a “forever home” with all her siblings. Her requirements for an adoptive family are not complicated. She wants a “mom and dad” who will love and support her, parents who will provide a safe and secure home environment and who will help her grow into a respectful, responsible young lady.

Cynthia celebrated her 13th birthday this summer! She loves school and is most interested in science and history. She likes video games, like any other 13-year-old. She enjoys music, especially Pink. She would like to participate in extracurricular activities and would like to join a soccer team as she enjoys athletics and likes being outside. She loves to laugh and has a great sense of humor. She is quick witted and she likes to joke and tease. She is very protective and “motherly” to her younger siblings. She has assumed the mother role out of necessity and because of her sense of responsibility. It is important that the adoptive parents understand the consequences of trauma on brain development. She lives in a foster home with her younger two sisters. Her younger brother, however, lives in a separate foster home. In her “forever home”, Cynthia hopes to be with her two sisters and her brother. She is wishing for parents who will let her be a “normal” teenager, parents who will guide her to be respectful, responsible and always be ready to learn and attempt new things.

Contact Justin Claunch to submit your home study.

Dakota, age 14

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Dakota enjoys the outdoors.  He likes basketball, football, and soccer.  He loves music and his favorite subjects in school are math and science.  He loves the drums and shows lots of ability in that area.  He can tap out a great beat!  While Dakota can find it hard to connect, he can bond very well with certain adults who spend a lot of time with him.  Dakota wants to be adopted and needs some help understanding how to fit into a family.  He is bright, athletic, and caring.  He wants desperately to have a permanent family.

Contact Justin Claunch to submit your home study.

John, age 11

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John is small for his age and a little shy at first but warms up quickly.  He enjoys playing outside at the park, collecting toy cars, and playing with trains.  John likes kickball, soccer, and catch.  Due to John’s sensory issues, he likes to touch everything and covers his ears around loud noises.  He struggles with changes and requires a structured routine.  John is able to make friends and loves animals.  He knows his letters and comprehends language when spoken to.  He is very affectionate and easily redirected.

Contact Ronda Paddock to submit your home study.

Christopher, age 12

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Christopher has been in foster for 6 years.  He is a sweet boy who needs extra support educationally and emotionally.  He likes football and video games.  Christopher was separated from his foster sister about 3 years ago and that remains an emotional rough spot for him.  When he grows up, he would like to be a solider.  Christopher has much potential in a home that would be willing to help his character development through extra-curricular activities.  Christopher identifies himself as a Christian.

Contact Justin Claunch to submit your home study.

Jalin, age 17

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Jalin’s main interests are sports, games and clothes. He likes to follow Texas A&M football and baseball. He says he enjoys playing football, soccer and baseball, but he does not feel comfortable enough to play on a team. He mainly likes to just throw a football and baseball around for fun and kick a soccer ball with a friend. Jalin is fast and enjoys running. Jalin says he likes to keep himself in shape. Jalin likes to play games. His favorite video games are sports games and racing games. The board games he likes the most are checkers and monopoly. Jalin has a love for clothes. He likes to look nice no matter what he is doing. Jalin has a lot of energy and a lot of outlets to burn it up.

Contact Samuel Bigley to submit your homestudy.

Morgan, age 16

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Morgan enjoys writing short stories, playing video games, exploring outside and drawing. Morgan is an avid reader and loves movies. Morgan describes herself as a nerd and an anime fan.  She loves to draw fan art and write fan fiction novels. Morgan is a good student but she struggles with math. She has a big heart and is kind to animals.

Contact Jillian Locke to submit your home study.

Nathan, age 1

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Nathan is a curious little boy who enjoys being outside with others to watch birds in the garden and take in the sunlight.  Nathan is the kind of child who has never met a stranger, as he is a social butterfly. Although Nathan does have his favorite games with his foster mom, he can be extremely independent and entertain himself by independent play for extended periods of time while the foster mom is reading a book or knitting alongside him. Nathan has far exceeded all expected developmental milestones that were predicted early in his life.  Nathan has started to squeal as the church choir sings, and is reported to have a strong set of lungs on him. Nathan will show his affection by sitting in his foster mom’s lap for extended periods of time and be comforted by her reading to him.

Contact Justin Claunch to submit your home study.