Local foster care organization now able to care for 10 times more children than last year
The state is in the process of privatizing the foster care system. Placement and casework will be left to private organizations divided into regions. SJRC Texas is now one of those main organizations. For 40 years, SJRC was mainly a large residential foster care campus.
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.
Local Child Protective Services director ripped own department, state in lengthy resignation letter
The director of Child Protective Services for the San Antonio area cited emotional and mental exhaustion and was sharply critical of the state’s foster care agency when stepping down from her position this summer, according to a copy of her resignation letter obtained by the KSAT 12 Defenders.
Grandmother raises awareness about child abuse after the death of 5-year-old grandson
The grandmother of a 5-year-old boy who was killed, allegedly at the hands of his mother’s boyfriend, is raising awareness about child abuse and the need for grandparents to have better rights when it comes down to child abuse cases.
Local restaurant group joins nonprofit to collect donations for foster children sleeping in office buildings
Right now, 43 Bexar County foster children are sleeping in offices or hotel rooms because they have no where else to go. A local restaurant group is joining South Texas Alliance for Orphans to pull in donations for them.
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.
‘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.
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.
Help a graduating student in foster care by participating in ‘Adopt a Senior’ program
SAN ANTONIO – Jabez Tompkins isn’t letting foster care or a global pandemic stop him from graduating high school. He has spent the last three years at SJRC Texas, formerly St. Jude’s Ranch for Children, a campus for high-risk foster youth. He is one of 562 foster youth in Texas graduating high school this year. ”Adopt a Senior was really just aiming to give graduating foster children a graduation gift. AdLast year Beaton started the Adopt a Senior program, giving those same bags to graduating seniors, filled with gifts including $100 gift cards.
One year later: What I learned as a first-time foster parent
I write this article to share some things I’ve learned that I hope maybe could help anybody else who is a foster parent or thinking about fostering. As a foster parent, I’ve learned that some things just don’t work and have to be adjusted. Foster parenting not only means having to have patience with the child and the situation but with the foster care system as well. Kids are resilientThe greatest pleasure of all this is seeing how much our little one has improved, learned and grown. Related:The realities of being a foster parentSan Antonio gay couple share their experience adopting a child during pandemicThinking of adopting?
Defeating foster child stigmas to close race gap, pave way for successful futures
SAN ANTONIO – False stereotypes about foster kids being troubled or difficult are keeping children from the futures they deserve. As KSAT has reported, research shows it’s even harder for foster children of color. Hispanic, Black children wait longer to be adopted in Bexar County, experts sayThose stereotypes are even worse for foster children of color. To extinguish that fear, Keyes holds workshops every quarter with other churches, welfare organizations, foster kids, future foster families and advocates like Hernandez. “I want you to know, you’re going through so many placements, so many homes, so much right now.
Hispanic, Black children wait longer to be adopted in Bexar County, experts say
SAN ANTONIO – Throughout the child welfare sector, experts say children of color have worse outcomes in the system when it comes to placement and adoption. Simmons, who sits on the Texas Advisory Committee on Promoting Adoption of Minority Children, said in Bexar County, Hispanic children wait the longest for adoption, followed closely by Black children. The extreme disparities have experts like Simmons reviewing parts of the system in desperate need of change. “Right now, the State of Texas has done a really great job of engaging with kinship programs reducing disparities for Black and Hispanic children,” Simmons said. Their adopted boys are Hispanic and Black, the two specific types of children that have historically and currently need adoption the most.
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
State in desperate need of foster parents living in rural communities west of Bexar County
San Antonio The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services is desperately looking for foster families in rural communities west of Bexar County. How a San Antonio foster care campus is getting creative amid COVID-19 pandemicCheronda Tillman, a foster care and adoption recruitment specialist, said it has always been challenging to recruit in rural communities. Its always been an issue trying to increase capacity when it comes to finding families that reside in those 27 counties surrounding Bexar, especially turning our attention to our rural west, she said. However, in rural communities recruiting is more personal, she said. Upwards -- somewhere around 200 children will come into the foster care system each and every month.