Texas Department of Family and Protective Services terminates contract with The Children’s Shelter ‘for convenience’
Children in the custody of the state are no longer allowed to be housed at The Children’s Shelter after the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services terminated its contract with the shelter for its General Residential Operation.
KSAT Q&A: Where did the children go? Impact of foster kids being removed from care of The Children’s Shelter
On Wednesday’s KSAT Q&A, Steve Spreister and Myra Arthur spoke with Sondra Ajasin, CEO and Founder of Trulight127 Ministries, about the state removing foster children from the care of Family Tapestry.
As Bexar County foster care system plunges deeper into turmoil, what happens next?
As a flurry of bills were being discussed at the Texas Legislature last week, even state representatives were forced to acknowledge our current foster care quandary: how do you continue to streamline and privatize the system while also increasing oversight of it?
Texas officials knew foster children were illegally placed in an unsafe shelter. It didn't end until a whistleblower came forward.
Texas state officials, including those in Gov. Greg Abbott’s office, knew for months that foster children were being illegally housed in an emergency shelter cited...sacurrent.com
Texas officials knew foster children were illegally placed in an unsafe shelter. It didn’t end until a whistleblower came forward.
Texas state officials, including those in Gov. Greg Abbott’s office, knew for months that foster children were being illegally housed in an emergency shelter cited hundreds of times for dangerous conditions — but failed to report the violation to court-appointed watchdogs tasked with monitoring the state’s foster care system, according to court records.
‘We need some flexibility’: Youth-serving nonprofit CEO says more support needed in foster care capacity crisis
A state-wide non-profit dedicated to helping child and youth serving organizations believes a start to improving the foster care system is understanding the challenges that cause community-based care programs to close down.
Citing ‘unacceptable’ conditions, state puts placement hold on The Children’s Shelter in San Antonio
The Children’s Shelter in San Antonio has until 5 p.m. Monday to find new homes for its children after the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services issued a placement hold due to “unacceptable” conditions and an ongoing capacity problem.
New Family Tapestry adoption portal giving Bexar County foster kids a voice
SAN ANTONIO – Right now in Bexar County, more than 200 kids are waiting to be adopted. Family Tapestry has launched a new website hoping to make the process easier for potential families and also as a way for the kids to share their own stories. Texas Adoption Portal or TAP launched last month and features a profile page for every kid with what they are interested in, details about their personalities as well as information about their needs. “It’s not just about featuring them,” chief public relations officer for Family Tapestry and The Children’s Shelter Anai Biera Miracle said. Family Tapestry is hoping the portal makes it easier for potential families to step up and give some of these kids a forever home.
New program helps foster care youth aging out of system prepare for adult life
Ramirez, who was in the foster care system throughout her life, said she was not prepared for what she would face as a first-year university student. At 29, Ramirez is now a mentor to other foster care kids as part of the new Learning Independence Fosters Empowerment program (LIFE). “This is a coaching program that helps them create a plan.”Mahan says 45 local foster care youths have signed up for the program that started in September. The program is partly funded through Family Tapestry and legislative funds distributed through the county’s Fostering Success pilot program. Related: Federal judge says she will again hold Texas in contempt of court for failing to meet foster care reforms
SAQ: What questions do you have about adopting a child?
KSAT is partnering with Family Tapestry to host a phone bank on Oct. 9 from noon to 7 p.m. to answer questions about adoption. There will also be a livestream on KSAT.com and the KSAT streaming apps with Family Tapestry from 3-4 p.m. on Wednesday. It was formed in 2018 to restructure the way children and youth in the foster care system receive critical services. During the Oct. 9 phone bank, people will be able to call in and ask questions about the process of adopting a child. You can also submit your questions ahead of time, and we will get the answers from the experts at Family Tapestry.
SAQ: Your foster parenting questions answered with Family...
KSAT is partnering with Family Tapestry to host a phone bank on June 27 from noon to 7 p.m. to answer questions about foster parenting. There will also be a livestream on KSAT.com and the KSAT streaming apps with Family Tapestry from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday. There are currently more than 1,200 children in the care of the Family Tapestry Network and about 700 foster families in Bexar County. Family Tapestry officials hope to increase the number of foster families by 25% over the next year. What do you want to know about the requirements and realities of being a foster parent in San Antonio?