Parent Support Groups & More

DADS

3rd Thursdays from 8:00 – 9:30 PM at Grub Burger Bar (on the southwest corner of Preston & Hwy. 121).  Open to kinship, foster & adoptive dads.  Discussion topics vary each month.  Training hours are provided. No children, please.  For more information, request to join the DADS Facebook group.

Coffee Shop Moms

2nd Thursdays from 6:00 – 8:00 PM at Henderson Kitchen & Tap (In front of Belk on the northwest corner of 75 & Eldorado in McKinney).  Open to foster & adoptive moms.  Discussion topics vary each month.  Training hours are provided. No children, please.  For more information, email mary@embracetexas.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!

Respite Nights

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 mary@embracetexas.org and subscribe to receive the monthly Embrace Update.  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!

The Loop

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: Monday, November 12, 2018

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:

Collin County Child Welfare Board

Texas Child Protection Roundtable

Texas Supreme Court Children’s Commission

We also bring together ministry leaders across Texas through the Texas Orphan Care Leaders 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.