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We have started meeting in person again! Due to Covid, our monthly meetings will most likely be held in different locations each time. Discussion topics and guest speakers vary each month. Training hour certificates are provided. No children, please. For more information in general or on the location, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are outside of Collin County, contact us so we can connect you with other advocates and ministries in your State and help you move forward!
October: Thursday, October 8 at Bonnie Wenk Park in McKinney. Bring your own chair, bug spray and dinner! Join us under the covered pergola from 6-8pm for a time of fellowship and encouragement.
November: Thursday, November 12 at Tupp’s Brewery in McKinney 6-8 pm. This is also the time to pick up packets if you are participating in the virtual 5k benefitting Embrace. Here’s info to register: https://www.mckinneychamber.com/events/details/race-for-embrace-virtual-5k-8734?calendarMonth=2020-11-01
December: Thursday, December 10… our annual Christmas party! We will have wonderful goodies for you and your families and enjoy a meal together. Location TBA.
Each spring Embrace hosts a weekend-long training and fellowship retreat for foster, adoptive, kinship and waiting moms. Typically, at least 10 hours of training are provided to participants. *We have moved it to Fall for 2020 and will be hosting the retreat on October 23-25. Click HERE for more info and to register!*
Dads from across the State of Texas converge for our annual retreat for foster, adoptive, kinship and waiting dads! This fun-filled weekend includes incredible speakers, outdoor activities, games, prizes, fellowship, support groups and more! 2020 dates TBA.
Every quarter, we help coordinate efforts between churches to provide respite nights (parents’ night out events) for foster and adoptive families. To find out when the next one is being scheduled, email email@example.com. If you are interested in organizing a Respite Night at your church, One Wild Night is a resource we created to help you plan the event!
Join The Loop on Facebook to connect with licensed babysitter and respite care providers in your area. Needs are posted and generous people all across Collin County step forward.
Only you can decide what child care program or provider is appropriate for your child. Please carefully consider your child’s needs and review the requirements of your child placing agency before arranging any kind of substitute care.
Twice a year churches from in and around Collin County, through the Second Story program, come together to host a unique event aimed at finding adoptive families for children waiting in foster care. The Child to Family Connection is an incredible opportunity to hear the stories of more than 20 children, right here in our community, waiting to be adopted from foster care. Unlike traditional “match events”, the children are not present. Instead, children are represented with portraits, videos and display tables representing their unique personality, interests and dreams. Children’s adoption caseworkers and CASA volunteers are also present to share, firsthand, about each child.
This event is free to attend. RSVP/tickets are required for all guests. Dinner is provided for all attendees. No childcare is provided, and no children may attend. A panel of speakers, including adoptive parents and adult adoptees, will present during dinner. Following the presentation, the child display and exhibit area will open and an information meeting about adopting from foster care will take place for unlicensed families.
Next event: November 2020
Due to the nature and involvement of the government in foster care and adoption, we not only partner with the State in the efforts mentioned above, we work in legislative and policy reform to advocate for children’s best interests. At-risk, foster and adopted children often cross many systems including schools, health care, juvenile justice and the courts. Therefore, we are members of of the following advocacy efforts at the County and State levels:
We also bring together ministry leaders across Texas through the Restore Texas Families to refine the Church’s response to child welfare throughout the State and present a cohesive vision when partnering with the government. These avenues allow us to be a voice for the the Church with legislators, bureaucrats and officials impacting the lives of children and families across Texas.